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Christopher Lee Kennedy found dead in his cell in state prison

BELLEFONTE — A Wampum man serving a prolonged sentence in reference to the 2017 demise of his new child son has died in prison.

Christopher Lee Kennedy, 42, was found unresponsive in his cell Jan. 28 at State Correctional Institute Rockview in Centre County.

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Both prison employees and EMS employees tried life-saving measures as he was taken to the Mount Nittany Medical Center, the place he was pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m.

In accordance with state coverage, Pennsylvania State Police have been notified and can conduct an investigation. A reason for demise has not been launched.

Kennedy was sentenced on Sept. 7 to 18-36 years in state prison for an Oct. 9, 2017, incident in which he was concerned in the killing of a new child child he had with an underage Ellwood City feminine and hid the corpse in a field within her closet.

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According to court docket information, Ellwood City police first grew to become conscious of the toddler demise on Nov. 13, 2017, once they have been referred to as to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for a 16-year-old borough woman who ended up on a ventilator due to well being issues brought on by not receiving correct remedy after giving start.

The woman admitted to having a toddler with Kennedy, a household pal, and stated that they had been “in a relationship” for about three years. She stated Kennedy informed her they may not have the kid as a result of he would get into hassle, so he gave her chemical compounds in August to try a miscarriage. But on Oct. 9, 2017, she gave start to a boy in her upstairs rest room.

Police reported the woman initially stated she was alone on the time of the start and strangled the kid to demise. However, she later admitted Kennedy was there and killed the newborn. She informed police they hid the physique in a field in her bed room closet.

When police searched the closet, officers stated they seen the scent instantly regardless of gadgets equivalent to spices and fragrance positioned there to alleviate the odor. Police stated they eliminated packing containers that have been stacked on a blue container and opened it to seek out a big black plastic bag inside that contained a protected. The physique and different gadgets have been entombed in cement contained in the protected.

Police stated the protected had been purchased by Kennedy they usually have been capable of finding the chemical compounds the woman stated he had given her.

Kennedy had been in SCI Rockview since Dec. 22

Nicholas Vercilla is a employees reporter for the Ellwood City Ledger. He will be reached at nvercilla@gannett.com.

This article initially appeared on Ellwood City Ledger: Wampum man convicted in newborn’s death dies in state prison

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