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West Side man pleads not guilty in fatal beating of baby

A West Side man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Erie County Court to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal beating of his former girlfriend’s 13-month-old son nearly five years ago.

Raymond Gonzalez, 37, of Fourth Street, was arraigned on the indictment in front of Justice Sheila A. DiTullio who scheduled pretrial hearings for May 14.

Gonazales was arrested March 21 at Pennsylvania Street and Lakeview Avenue on the West Side and has been held without bail since his earlier arraignment March 22 in Buffalo City Court.

He is accused of inflicting the fatal head injuries May 2, 2010 when he was baby-sitting in the home of the boy’s mother on the 500 block of Busti Avenue. He was not the baby’s father, and the mother was not home at the time, police said.

The infant was rushed to Women & Children’s Hospital and died a day later. The autopsy listed multiple blunt trauma as the cause of death.