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Father, son face death penalty for separate murder cases

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Christopher Dangerfield (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Dangerfield (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Lionell Dangerfield (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Lionell Dangerfield (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Walnut Hills man and his son are both facing the death penalty for separate murder cases involving children.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Christopher Dangerfield, 48, on Thursday for aggravated murder, murder and child endangering in the death of his 3-year-old son, Tyrese.

Dangerfield's other son, Lionell Dangerfield, was indicted in June 2010 for the death of his girlfriend's 3-month-old baby and is also facing the death penalty.

"It is horrifying to think about how this young child lived and died," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. "I am disgusted that a father and son both face the death penalty for the separate murders of two young children."

Assitant prosecutor Julie Wilson agreed.

"Unfortunately in the autopsy, both children showed indications of prior abuse," said Wilson. "When you think about the reality that a father and a son could be charged with these kinds of horrible crimes and both of them be looking at the death penalty, it's amazing. It's amazing to us."

Christopher Dangerfield called paramedics in December, reporting that Tyrese had collapsed. Tyrese was taken to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner's office ruled the death as a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. The autopsy revealed past injuries to the child, including a spiral fracture of the tibia, burns to the face and arm, and rib fractures.

Dangerfield's attorney said the injuries were caused by a fall in the bathtub.


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