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Former foster parent convicted for strangling four-year-old

Republican state Rep. Steve Hurst introduced the bill, which is known as HB 379. Hurst said convicted pedophiles "have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime." (Photo: Pxhere)
Republican state Rep. Steve Hurst introduced the bill, which is known as HB 379. Hurst said convicted pedophiles "have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime." (Photo: Pxhere)(KOSA)
Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 10:31 AM AKST
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A former foster parent was convicted by a jury for strangling his then-four-year-old foster child with a belt.

According to a release by the Alaska Department of Law, evidence presented at trial suggested that Jason Madison put a belt around his foster child’s neck “and applied pressure, causing injuries.”

The child’s teacher noticed abrasions on the child’s neck and alerted authorities. During the trial, a treating forensic nurse testified that the child faced a “substantial risk of death” based on the injuries observed.

As a first-time felon, Madison faces a sentencing of five to 20 years. He is being held without bail until sentencing on March 20, 2020.

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