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* Reginald Wyatt Sr. had conviction reinstated for the accidental killing of his son Reginald Wyatt Jr in 2003

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The California Supreme Court today reinstated a conviction of child-abuse homicide for an Oakland man who accidentally killed his 14-month-old son while playing with him roughly. Reginald Wyatt Sr., 35, was originally sentenced in Alameda County Superior Court to 25 years to life for the crime, also known as assault on a child resulting in death, in the killing of Reginald Wyatt Jr. in 2003.But a state appeals court overturned the conviction two years ago, saying that there was no evidence Wyatt knew that his actions in hitting and punching the child would seriously harm him. In today’s ruling, the state high court in San Francisco unanimously reinstated the conviction, saying that the standard should be not whether Wyatt actually knew of the risk but whether a reasonable person would know of the likely harm.Justice Marvin Baxter wrote, “Substantial evidence established that defendant knew he was striking his young son with his fist, forearm, knee and elbow, and that he used an amount of force a reasonable person would realize was likely to result in great bodily injury.”Reginald Jr., who weighed 26 pounds, died of blunt force trauma May 18, 2003, with internal injuries that a doctor said were the type normally seen only in serious car accidents. The father admitted to police that while play-wrestling, he hit his son in the chest numerous times, “chopped” his back, did a move he called an “atomic elbow” to his head, “body-slammed” him, flipped him onto a bed several times and accidentally fell on top of him. Wyatt said he was “stuck on toughening him up” and wasn’t paying attention to the possible harm.The high court sent the case back to the lower courts for reinstatement of the child-abuse homicide conviction.Wyatt was also convicted of a lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison for that crime. That conviction was upheld by the state Court of Appeal and was not part of the appeal to the California Supreme Court.

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  • I am the mother of Reginald Wyatt Jr. I am happy about the verdict as well. My son was my world and I miss him dearly everyday. I never wish bad or hate towards anyone but Reginald you got what you deserve.. Mommy love you son rest in paradise son.

  • THANK GOD….. I AM SO ELLATED. I HAD MY NEPHEW THE WEEKEND BEFORE THIS MAN WHO WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM OR MY SISTER INTENTIONALLY AND BRUTALLY MURDERED LIL REGGIE. TESTIMONY INDICATED THAT THE DAMAGE TO HIS BODY WAS COMPARBLE TO HIM BEING HIT BY A 18 WHEELER TRUCK. THIS WHOLE FAMILY IS CORRUPT IF THEY STAND BY THIS MAN AND DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE HIS EVIL ACT ON HIS OWN BLOOD. YOU DO NOT PLAY WRESTLE WITH A 14 MONTH OLD, ESPECIALLY TO THE POINT IT CAUSES HIS DEATH. I HOPE HE SPENDS MANY LONELY NIGHTS IN JAIL THINKING ABOUT THE DAY HE TOOK HIS CHILD’S LIFE. REGGIE, YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND AUNTIE STILL THINKS ABOUT YOU. WAKE UP PEOPLE….. HE DID IT!!!!!!

  • I knew the victims mother and I also knew that Reginald sr did not want her to have him nor name him after him because his then girlfriend was also pregnant… he was not around for the pregnancy or the birth…. Do I feel this was an accident HELL NO

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