Prosecutor: Jersey City man convicted of killing 23-month-old boy he was babysitting

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A Jersey City man was convicted for the killing of a 23-month-old boy he had been babysitting, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View

Andrew Howard-French, 29, was convicted by a Hudson County jury on Thursday of murder, endangering the welfare of a child and endangering an injured victim, Suarez said in a statement

The conviction stems from the death of 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow, of Jersey City. In July 2018, authorities responded to 115 Van Wagenen Ave. on a report of an “overheated infant.” The child died shortly after at the Jersey City Medical Center.

The Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit later arrested Howard-French, who was babysitting the child at the time of his death, and charged him with murder.

During the two-week trial, prosecutors presented the jury with evidence that the child had suffered “multiple blunt force injuries” resulting in his death, authorities said.

Howard-French faces, at a minimum, 30 years in state prison before being eligible for parole. His sentencing his scheduled for January 10th, 2020, but he will remain detained pending sentencing.

 

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