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Gerardo ChavarriaKeizer, OR – Gerardo Chavarria, 24, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting he got angry with his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son for spilling his beer, and killed the boy by pounded his head into the floor.

In 2011, Chavarria took his girlfriend’s son, Sebastian Iturbetook, to the hospital claiming that he was watching the boy when Sebastian fell down the stairs leading to the basement. Sebastion was transferred to Oregon Health and Science University where he died of blunt force trauma to the head on Nov. 6, 2011.

A medical examination would later show that the boy’s injuries did not coincide with Chavarria’s explanation of events. Chavarria would change his story, saying he’d accidentally pushed the child with a child carrier, causing Sebastion to fall down the flight of stairs. This explanation still did not explain the boy’s injuries, and Chavarria was charged with murder.

Chavarria continued to proclaim his innocence, never admitting to willfully abusing the boy, or intentionally causing his death. But that changed on Tuesday, two weeks before he was to go to trial, when Chavarria waived his right to a trial and told the court what actually happened on the morning of Sebastion’s death.

“The day this happened I had just gotten up. I was drinking beer, watching TV with Sebastian,” Chavarria told  Judge Jamese Rhoades. “He did something, I don’t remember what, that knocked over the bottle of beer. For whatever reason I got angry, and I hit his head against the floor.”

The boy’s mother and her parents were present when Chavarria made his confession, and could be heard gasping in the courtroom as they finally learned what caused Sebastian’s death. He said that after slamming the boy’s head into the floor until he quit making noise, he placed him in his bed. Chavarria said he became nervous and took the boy to the hospital a few hours later.

Chavarria also admitted that on two prior occasions, he had struck the boy with a belt and a sandal. As part of his plea deal, Gerardo Chavarria had his charges changed from murder to manslaughter and was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison. After completing his sentence, Chavarria will be deported.

“We miss his laugh, his smiles … I will never get to hear him say ‘I love you Mommy,’ ” the boy’s mother said to Chavarria in the courtroom. “I can’t say I forgive you because I don’t. I hate you with all my heart.”

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