City man convicted in child's death

May 02, 2008|By Brent Jones

A 27-year-old Baltimore man was convicted yesterday of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the death of a 3-year-old girl.

Erik Stoddard of the 2500 block of Moore Ave. had been convicted twice before in the death Calen Faith Dirubbo, but those verdicts were overturned by a Baltimore Circuit Court judge and an appeals court.

Calen, who was the daughter of Stoddard's girlfriend, died in June 2002 as a result of multiple beatings over a period of at least a month, prosecutors said.

Stoddard, who was convicted by a city jury, faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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