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Dad sentenced to 6 months in jail for death of foster son

Posted at 7:33 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 20:05:46-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- A Fredericksburg man has been sentenced to six months in jail for the death of his 11-month-old foster son.

David Marcussen, 34, was scheduled to go on trial inside a Stafford County courtroom but instead accepted a plea deal in May 2016.

Marcussen faced up to 10 years in prison for the death of Ka’ron Mason, who died in Feburary of 2015 after burns to his face, torso and neck.

The child was airlifted to VCU Medical Center where he later died.

Ka'ron Mason

Ka'ron Mason

Detectives determined the child was burned while receiving a bath from Marcussen, his foster father. Baby Ka'ron had been with the foster family since July 2014.

Marcussen was initially charged with felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of cruelty to children and one count of child neglect.

David John Marcussen (PHOTO: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

David John Marcussen (PHOTO: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

In May, prosecutors set aside charges including involuntary manslaughter and Marcussen pled no contest on one count of child neglect in the death.

Monday he was sentence to five years in prison, with four years and six months suspended.