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FATHER ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL, ADMITS TO KILLING OF BABY THREW SON TO TRY TO STOP HIS CRYING

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his 3-month-old son by throwing him into a crib to stop his crying last spring.

Under a plea bargain, Terry Dabb Jr., 22, of 346 Amherst St. pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the May death of his son, Holden.

Dabb admitted his actions caused the death of his son, but he didn't give a detailed explanation.

Burns ordered him to remain jailed pending his Dec. 5 sentencing and made noindication of the sentence he will impose. Court officials said Dabb faces a prison term of up to 25 years on his plea.

Prosecutor Joseph M. Mordino said Dabb was given the plea deal because authorities felt the plea was justified in the death of his own son. Indicted on a second-degree murder charge last June, Dabb told police on May 3 he grabbed his son by the neck and threw him into his crib to stop his crying.

Dabb also told police last May he called for their help that morning after he picked up his son and the boy's arms went limp and he stopped breathing.

When Northwest District officers got to the home they found the baby on the living room floor, and after administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation rushed him to Children's Hospital where Holden remained in the intensive-care unit until he was declared dead May 4.

Mordino said an autopsy showed the boy died of a severe brain injury. Last February, when the boy was only one month old, he spent a week in Children's Hospital for treatment of seizures after his father claimed he had accidentally dropped him on his head.

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