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LB man charged with killing girlfriend's baby

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

February 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Long Beach man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend's 13-month-old-son.Anthony Jerome Hall Jr., 23, was found guilty of one count each of second degree murder and assault on a child causing death.

It took jurors just an hour to reach the guilty verdict Tuesday.

Prosecutors argued that Hall killed Nathan Coleman while he was babysitting the youngster in Los Angeles in September 2008. He then put the child's body in a trash bag and threw it in a Long Beach trash bin.

Hall told the boy's mother and police that the child had been kidnapped. Eventually, he admitted his role in the crime.

During his trial, he took the stand and claimed the boy's mother had murdered her own child, and he helped her cover up the crime.

Hall now faces 25 years to life in prison. He is set to be sentenced on March 15.