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Buffalo mom found guilty of murder, in death of toddler son

A Buffalo woman faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison, following her conviction Friday in the beating death of her toddler son, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Keona Owens, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia in a bench trial.

Owens is scheduled to be sentenced May 10.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Owens, allegedly acting in concert with her boyfriend, Bashar Hall, on July 17 allegedly beat toddler Xavion Hazzard to death inside their Kaisertown apartment.

Police and firefighters were called to the residence that Owens shared with her boyfriend on Weaver Street after someone inside the home called 911 for assistance with a 2-year-old child who was not breathing.

Neighbors said firefighters worked to resuscitate Xavion, who was later pronounced dead at Oishei Children's Hospital.

The medical examiner determined the child died from blunt force trauma, prosecutors said.

Hall was accused of allegedly shaking and beating the child prior to his death.

Initially, only Hall was charged in connection with the child's death. Owens was afterward arrested and charged.
On Sept. 7, Owens and Hall were indicted by the District Attorney's Office on second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges.


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