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Father convicted in toddler's playpen death now faces child porn charges

A Niagara Falls man who is currently on parole for a 2011 manslaughter conviction in the death of his 22-month-old daughter now faces federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Randy Colucci, 33, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison if he is found guilty.

According to Assistant U.S.  Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is prosecuting the case, an undercover Homeland Security Investigations special agent discovered multiple files containing videos and images of child pornography on Colucci's computer, images that were being shared on a peer-to-peer website. Some of the videos and images allegedly depicted prepubescent children in sexual situations. Investigators traced the files' IP address to Colucci, which led to the execution of a search warrant at Colucci’s residence.

In January 2011, Colucci and his wife, Nicole, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of their daughter, Carmen. On March 30, 2010, the parents put the girl and her 11-month-old brother into a portable playpen, then covered it with a mattress and weighted it down with a TV set, which they said was to keep the children from escaping.

Carmen managed to push the mattress up and her head became stuck between the playpen railing and the mattress. She was unconscious when she was found after being in the playpen for 17 hours and she died in a hospital nine days later, after being taken off life support.

Colucci was sentenced in 2011 to an indeterminate prison term of three to nine years and was released on parole in February 2017. He is currently jailed pending a detention hearing Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.

 

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