Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dad convicted of 1st-degree manslaughter in death of 2-year-old son (New Rochelle, New York)

The convicted killer dad is Richard "Ricky" Leak.

New Rochelle Father Sentenced In Death of Son
by Suzanne Samin

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Richard "Ricky" Leak, 32, of New Rochelle was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for the death of his son, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced in a news release.

Leak was convicted in March of first-degree manslaughter after the death of his two-year-old son Khalil Leak on Jan. 9, 2011.

According to the release, at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan. 9, Leak called his live-in girlfriend who was not at home and reported that the victim was not breathing. The girlfriend then called a downstairs neighbor and asked her to check on the victim.

The release said the neighbor went upstairs and after finding the victim unresponsive in the defendant’s apartment, called 911 for an ambulance. The two-year old child was pronounced dead about one hour later at Sound Shore Medical Center

Leak was arrested on Jan. 12.

“Extensive detective and forensic pathology work by both the New Rochelle Police Department and the Westchester County medical examiner were instrumental in the conviction and ultimate sentence that this defendant received. The severity of the injuries, along with multiple and conflicting stories as to how the child sustained those fatal injuries, belied the defendant’s protestations that his own son’s death was just “an accident”,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore. .