Riley County man’s trial in child’s death ends in hung jury

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – The trial of a Kansas man charged in an infant’s death ended in a hung jury.

The jury on Tuesday could not reach a unanimous verdict in the first-degree murder and child abuse trial of D’Khari Lyons of Manhattan. Lyons was charged after 2½-month-old Michael Calver Jr. died in November 2018 while Lyons was watching him.

The Manhattan Mercury reports when Michael’s mother returned home, the boy was having trouble breathing and was bruised. He died three days later at a Kansas City hospital.

Officials ruled Michael died from head trauma after sustaining severe internal injuries.

Prosecutors alleged Lyons hurt the child to stop him from crying. Lyons testified he wouldn’t hurt a child and didn’t know what caused Michael’s injuries.

Judge Meryl Wilson set a hearing for Oct. 7 to determine how to proceed.

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