Guilty plea in toddler's death

The Baltimore Sun

A 28-year-old Jarrettsville man pleaded guilty yesterday to voluntary manslaughter in the death of his former live-in girlfriend's 2-year-old son, Anthony Joseph D'Urso.

Circuit Judge Charles G. Bernstein sentenced Paul Highfield of the 4000 block of Security Lane to the maximum 10 years in prison.

On Sept. 12, 2006, prosecutors said, the boy's mother left her son in Highfield's care while she was at work. When she returned home, Anthony was vomiting uncontrollably and his mother found knuckle-size bruises on his stomach. The boy died during the night.

The medical examiner's office ruled that Anthony died of a beating to the stomach and that the injuries could not have occurred accidentally.

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