MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas man has been ordered to stand trial for the shaking death earlier this year of his girlfriend’s infant son.
Nineteen-year-old Ogden resident Michael Dechant is charged in Riley County with first-degree murder and child abuse, accused of violently shaking 6-month-old Dominick Lubrano on March 15. The baby died three days later.
Dechant’s girlfriend, Sabrina Lubrano, has said she left Dominick briefly with Dechant while she ran an errand. Lubrano said she returned to find a neighbor giving the baby CPR in an effort to revive him.
A detective testified at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing that Dechant admitted shaking the baby to “shut him up.” But a defense lawyer noted that police did not determine the age of the bruises on the infant’s body.