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Crown prosecutors in New Brunswick have halted the trial for a man charged in the 2004 death of a toddler after concluding a conviction was unlikely.

James Turpin was convicted in 2016 of second-degree murder in the death of two-year-old Kennedy Corrigan, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury while in his care.

The Court of Appeal overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial on the charge of manslaughter.

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The new trial began March 8 in Fredericton, but the Crown on Wednesday determined a reasonable prospect of conviction no longer existed.

The office of the attorney-general said today in a statement the decision was not made lightly or hastily.

It says the death of Corrigan remains a tragic event and the office continues to offer its thoughts and sympathies to the family.

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