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September 25, 2012

South Fork man gets up to 30 years in prison in infant son’s death

EBENSBURG — A 24-year-old South Fork father was sentenced this morning in Cambria County Court to 15 to 30 years in the shaking baby death of his 7-week-old son.

Justin Charles Sr. showed no emotion as he was sentenced after telling  Judge David Tulowitzki that he had been speaking with a religious counselor while in prison about seeking forgiveness for his sins.

Charles was accused of shaking his son, Justin Jr., so violently that the boy became unresponsive Dec. 23, 2010. The infant was rushed to Memorial Medical Center by Ambulance and then flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died three days later.

The baby’s mother, Amanda Stiffler, cried throughout the sentencing. Although she did not speak in court, her emotional letter about her son’s death was read by prosecutors. She said that her baby son “had been taken away by the hands of a coward.”

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