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Former sailor pleads guilty in child abuse case

Aug. 21, 2013 - 09:10AM   |  
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NEW LONDON, CONN. — A former sailor has pleaded guilty in a 2007 child abuse case in Groton involving his toddler son.

The Day of New London reports that 39-year-old David Diaz of Branford pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a minor Tuesday in New London Superior Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced to up to a year in prison Nov. 13.

Groton town police said Diaz held his hand over his 18-month-old sonís mouth and nose to stop him from screaming in June 2007. Authorities said the boy suffered a life-threatening seizure because of a lack of oxygen but made a good recovery and now lives with his mother in California.

Diaz was arrested in Florida in November and extradited to Connecticut to face felony charges.

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