Man convicted of neglect in South Bend boy’s shooting death

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A South Bend man has been convicted of child neglect charges stemming from the shooting death of his 1-year-old son by a 4-year-old sibling.

A St. Joseph County jury returned guilty verdicts Friday against Avion Sexton, 24, on a felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and several drug dealing and possession charges.

Sexton was arrested following the June 2020 death of 1-year-old Javion Sexton, who prosecutors said was killed the older sibling who was playing with a gun unsupervised at a South Bend home.

Sexton faces a prison term of between 20 years and 40 years on the most serious charge. A judge scheduled his sentencing hearing for May 18.

Eboni Hosea, the child’s mother, has pleaded not guilty on faces similar charges. A court hearing in her case is scheduled for Monday.

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