LONG BEACH (CBS) — Today, a man was convicted of two felony counts stemming from the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

Jurors acquitted Hector Ernest, 27, of a murder charge but found him guilty of one count each of assault on a child causing death and child abuse of Deandre Green, who died on March 20, 2010, from blunt force trauma to the abdomen.  The Long Beach Superior Court panel deliberated just over a day.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Ernest faces 31 years to life in state prison.  Sentencing is set for May 4 in Long Beach Superior Court.

The boy’s mother, Cameo Green, 23, pleaded guilty March 11 to one felony count of child abuse and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

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Comments (4)
  1. Jeramy says:

    My daughters cousin experienced this same situation— His mothers boyfriend beat him to death. In this case though– the boyfriend got life and a day (life in prison without the possibility of parole) and my daughters aunt got 7 years prison time. that’s the difference in Texas and California– in Texas we don’t EVER let baby killers lose! Jimmy Speed will suffer the wrath of the inner politics in the Texas penal system until his death.

  2. Lala says:

    I’d just like to know what the hell is wrong with people.. If you don’t want the child.. give him up.. someone would be happy to gine them a warm loving home!!!

  3. Mary says:

    Lala – fostercare is worse. The child did not stand a chance either way. Sick mom – I hope she stays single and I hope she does not have anymore kids.

  4. fred rogers is jesus no says:

    another b3an3r

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