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Man facing preliminary hearing for Indiana County infant death

| Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kimberly Shirley told an Indiana County judge this morning that her 19-month-old son was fatally wounded when she left him in the care of her boyfriend, Joshua Turner, 19.

Shirley testified Turner was alone with her toddler, Leonard "LJ" McIntire, last Oct. 27 at her Main Street home in Burrell Township while she visited a welfare office and the Salvation Army to sign up the boy for an Angel Tree gift for Christmas.

She told Judge William Martin she got a telephone call from Turner, who said the boy had hit his head on a door. When she got home, the baby was not responsive.

McIntire was put on life support at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was pronounced dead on Nov. 1, 2008.

Turner told different stories about how the baby was injured, until he finally confessed to a trooper that he bit, hit and punched the baby, according to testimony.

Martin is presiding over a preliminary hearing to determine whether Turner should stand trial for criminal homicide. Testimony is continuing this afternoon at the Indiana County Courthouse.

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