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35 years for man who killed his 5-month-old son

Convicted of killing his five-month-old son in a fit of anger nearly two years ago, a 31-year-old Mount Prospect man was today sentenced to 35 years in prison by a Cook County judge.

Ibrahim Kibayasi told Judge Hyman Riebman that he accepted full responsibility for the death of Dylan Kibayasi, who died from shaken baby syndrome in September, 2009.

"What happened was terrible," Kibayasi said in court. "I am without my son. I miss him."

Kibayasi was convicted of first-degree murder in an April bench trial before Riebman in Rolling Meadows branch court. At Monday's hearing, Riebman said Kibayasi was an angry man frustrated over an unsuccessful job search.

"The employment difficulties prompted his anger," said Riebman. "It was taken out on Dylan."

Prosecutors said Kibayasi was watching the child that day while the boy's mother was at work. Kibayasi became angry at the child and began shaking him, prosecutors said. When Kibayasi picked up the mother from work, she called 911 after she noticed the baby was unresponsive.

An autopsy showed the baby had suffered rib injuries several weeks earlier at the hands of Kibayasi, prosecutors said.

The boy's mother and Kibayasi are from Tanzania. She has been deported for overstaying a student visa, authorities said. Kibayasi has been in the U.S. since 2002 when he also arrived on a student visa, authorities said.

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