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Homeless man accused of killing baby son pleads guilty to child abuse

L.A. County officials at a skid row shelter had decided Mikeal Wah-hab Sr. could care for the infant. The 2005 death of his son led to changes in the way social workers deal with homeless children.

August 14, 2009|Jack Leonard

A homeless man accused of killing his 3-month-old son just weeks after Los Angeles County social workers at a skid row shelter decided he could care for the infant pleaded guilty Thursday to child abuse, authorities said.

In November 2005, Mikeal Wah-hab III's body was found in a Monterey Park motel room where county social workers had taken him and his father, Mikeal Wah-hab Sr., to temporarily live. Coroner's officials concluded the boy had died of a head injury consistent with shaking.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Monica Bachner sentenced Wah-hab, 51, to 10 years in prison, according to a district attorney's spokeswoman.

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jack.leonard@latimes.com

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