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Father cleared in infant son's death 6 years later



PITTSBURGH - A man was found not guilty Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter in the 2008 death of his infant son.

Prosecutors believed 4-month-old Nathan Gmuer died as a result of shaken baby syndrome, and Jason Gmuer was charged in the Dec. 18, 2008, incident.

Gmuer, 35, was charged about two years after the incident. During a non-jury trial that lasted two years, prosecutors argued that Nathan died from shaking.

However, Gmuer’s defense attorney argued that Nathan had a blood clot in his lungs and died of natural causes.

Bill Difenderfer argued that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Gmuer handled Nathan in an inappropriate way.

“This child died from a coagulation disorder. There’s no question what caused the subdermal hematoma, the bleeding, is sort of like a stroke, a rupture of blood vessels caused by clotting,” Difenderfer said.

After the verdict came down, Gmuer said he was happy with the result, but still has to live with the fact that his son passed away.

“When I finally heard the words, ‘I find you not guilty on all charges,’ it seemed like the dream I had of him saying those words,” Gmuer said.

Gmuer will now be reunited with Nathan’s twin brother, Ethan.

“Anybody who’s lost a child, no matter how long, there’s a part of you that will never get back. You can never fill it with anything else, it’s always going to be there. It’s very rough,” Gmuer told Channel 11’s Alan Jennings.