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Prosecution on hold in Indiana boy’s strangulation death

October 27, 2017

Prosecution of a Vincennes man charged with fatally strangling his 5-year-old son is on hold while his defense attorney argues he shouldn’t face a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.

Knox County prosecutors filed murder and other charges against 53-year-old Robert Baldwin after Gabriel Baldwin’s death in April. Authorities say Robert Baldwin planned the attack for when his other children would be away from home, then choked the boy with a computer cord and sat on him until he stopped breathing.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reported defense lawyer Dale Webster has filed court documents claiming Baldwin has an intellectual disability. A county judge has approved the use of county money for mental health and medical evaluations of Baldwin.

Baldwin remains jailed while awaiting trial.

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