A Nova Scotia man has received an eight-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the death of his three-year-old son.
Twenty-nine-year-old James Joseph Peter-Paul was sentenced today at Shubenacadie provincial court.
In an agreed statement of facts, the court was told Matthew James Raymond Peter-Paul died of a ruptured pancreas caused by blunt force trauma to the abdominal wall.
The statement said the boy also suffered blunt force trauma to both sides of the head, bruising on his face and head and a fractured leg.
The injuries happened in Indian Brook on Oct. 1, 2010.
A 911 call sent RCMP to an Indian Brook apartment at about 11:30 p.m. that night, and Matthew was rushed to Colchester Regional Hospital where he died the next morning.
Mr. Peter-Paul, who cried throughout the hearing but declined to speak, was charged with second-degree murder in May 2011.