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February 20, 2013

Man charged with baby’s death accepts lesser charge

Webb pleads guilty to causing serious bodily injury to month-old son

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Because he had no prior felony convictions, Webb would have been eligible for probation if the jury found him guilty of recklessly causing injury to the child rather than intentionally or knowingly causing his death, according to DuBoise.

“The last thing we wanted was him walking out of there a free man based on what he did,” DuBoise said. “That’s not what anybody wanted.”

Webb will be eligible for parole after serving a quarter of his sentence, according to DuBoise. He has already served more than two years in county jail awaiting trial.

Ahern said she does now believe her husband killed her son but has not received many of the answers she wanted and doesn’t expect to.

Webb was charged with two assaults against Ahern, including a felony choking case, in the months prior to Christian’s death.

“When he drank, he was just mean to me,” Ahern said, adding that she never saw him being mean to the children. “Maybe I just didn’t see what everybody else saw.”

She said she believed their son would change their relationship.

However, Webb kept saying Christian was not his son when she was pregnant with him and was distant when her son was born, Ahern said.

The week prior she accompanied her daughter on a field trip and Webb was supposed to watch the boy, Ahern said. However, when she returned home, she said she found Christian still in the bassinet.

“He hadn’t even acknowledged his son was there,” Ahern said.

She said she told the judge Tuesday how she didn’t just lose her son that day but lost everything - her husband, her house and her daughter.

Ahern’s daughter, now six years old, has been placed with relatives by the court.

Everything she’d worked so hard to hold onto, she lost, Ahern said.

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