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Father found guilty in son's death

Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County Jail) Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County Jail)
Hayden Dukes (Source: Facebook) Hayden Dukes (Source: Facebook)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A father was found guilty in the death of his young son by a Clark County jury. 

Christopher Bruck, 28, was found guilty of aggravated battery causing death and neglect of a dependent resulting in death on Monday.

Hayden Dukes, 4, died Jan. 8, 2015 at Kosair Children's Hospital. Bruck called 911 on Jan. 3 after his son was suffering a seizure. 

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Bruck was arrested after he told police that he hit the child's head with the palm of his hand, while he was trying to watch a basketball game on TV.

During closing arguments, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tim Gray told the jury that Bruck repeatedly changed his story while talking with police. 

During testimony, it was revealed that Hayden suffered some sort of significant force or trauma to cause a brain injury that resulted in his death. Mitchele Harlan, Bruck's defense attorney, told the jury that Hayden was a special needs child who suffered from DiGeorge Syndrome. Hayden was non-verbal, still in diapers and had balance issues. Harlan also noted during his closing that Bruck had a learning disability.

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Harlan said that there are numerous questions that still remain. The defense also believes that Bruck's rights were violated during initial police interviews.

Gray told the jury this was no accident and believes Bruck only changed his story to police after he realized he was about to be arrested.

The jury had the option to find Bruck guilty of either level one felonies, guilty of a lesser battery felony or return a not guilty verdict.

The case went to the jury at 3:45 p.m. The verdict was returned around 7:10 p.m.

Bruck is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

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