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Lake County man found guilty of beating 3-week-old son to death in 2020

William Beasley had originally called 911 after the baby was having trouble breathing. Less than a year later, he was arrested for killing him.
Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A Lake County man has been found guilty of beating his infant son to death almost two years ago.

A jury convicted Eastlake's William Beasley of murder as well as three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of engendering children. He was acquitted on a lesser charge of felonious assault.

Police arrived at an apartment on Lost Nation Road in Willoughby in the early morning hours of May 22, 2020, after Beasley called 911 to report his 1-month-old baby was having trouble breathing. The child was rushed to Cleveland Clinic's main campus, but died a week later.

Prior to the infant's passing, doctors contacted Lake County Jobs and Family Services after noticing "indications of possible child abuse," and the coroner later ruled the death a homicide. After nearly a year of investigation, Beasley was arrested for killing his son, with a jury trial finally getting underway late last month.

Beasley, 31, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24 in the Lake County Court of Common Pleas. He faces up to life in prison.

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