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Appeals court upholds verdicts in Mo. incest case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri court of appeals has upheld the conviction of a Harrisonville man who fathered four children with his daughter in a relationship that began when she was 5 years old.

The 51-year-old was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 after being found guilty of second-degree murder, child endangerment, statutory rape, incest and two counts of abandonment of a corpse.

The man appealed the murder and child-endangerment charges, saying he didn’t know that failing to provide medical care to his ailing 3-month-old son would result in the boy’s death.

The court ruled Tuesday that evidence shows the man knowingly created a substantial risk to his son’s life.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the man to protect the identification of his daughter.

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