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Middletown Baby Died From 'Non-Accidental Trauma,' Doctor Says

A doctor said baby Zachary Heil died from "severe non-accidental trauma" during the murder trial of father Michael Heil.
A doctor said baby Zachary Heil died from "severe non-accidental trauma" during the murder trial of father Michael Heil. Photo Credit: File

GOSHEN, N.Y. – A doctor's testimony in Michael Heil's murder trial on Thursday revealed the Middletown man's two-month-old son died from "severe non-accidental trauma," according to the Times Herald-Record.

Dr. Sree Chirumanilla also said, in her opinion, the injuries sustained by the 2-month-old could not have been the result of a short fall, saying the damage to the brain and spine area was far too extensive, the Record reported.

Heil, 27, is facing second-degree murder as well as first and second-degree manslaughter charges stemming from the death of his infant son Zachary on Aug. 7 last year.

Baby Heil was originally taken to Orange Regional Medical Center in Wallkill before being transferred to Westchester Medical Center where Zachary had a portion of his skull, as well as a large blood clot, removed. The infant was unable to recover and died after being taken off life support systems, the Record said.

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