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MOTHER CHARGED IN DEATH OF 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD SON

Homicide charges were filed Tuesday against the mother of a 2 1/2 -year-old boy who died Saturday, about two years after she beat him.

Leslie M. Crane died Saturday in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., after being in a coma since the beating. The charge was filed against the mother, Tracey Jean Crane, 26, by Warren County District Attorney Joseph A. Massa Jr.

Mrs. Crane currently is serving a six- to 20-year jail sentence after being convicted on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the beating.

Leslie's father, David M. Crane, approved removing the boy from life-support systems Saturday, after refusing the action for more than a year. Crane had said he feared his wife would face murder charges if their son died, authorities said.

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