Kansas man sentenced to more than 30 years for killing infant son

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EUREKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for killing of his 6-month-old son.

The Kansas attorney general's office said Thursday that a Greenwood County judge sentenced 23-year-old Benny Clark to 364 months for the August 2017 death of Cooper Clark.

He pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder and child abuse. 

Prosecutors say Clark was caring for the boy on August 22 while his mother was at work. When she returned home, she found the boy gasping for air. Cooper died two days later at a Wichita hospital.

Clark said in court that he shook Cooper for 6 to 7 seconds because the baby urinated. Clark also told authorities Cooper fell off an ottoman and hit his head.

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The case was investigated by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Wichita Police Department’s Exploited and Missing Child Unit.

Reece is about 50 miles east of Wichita.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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