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New Rochelle Father Convicted Of Killing His Son

Richard Leak of New Rochelle was convicted Monday of killing his 2-year-old son.
Richard Leak of New Rochelle was convicted Monday of killing his 2-year-old son. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- A New Rochelle man faces 25 years in prison after he was found guilty Monday of killing his 2-year-old son in 2011.

Richard “Ricky” Leak, 32, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, a felony, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Leak was arrested and charged with the January 2011 death of his son, Khalil Leak. According to the district attorney's office, Richard Leak called his live-in girlfriend Jan. 9, 2011 to say the infant boy was not breathing. The girlfriend called a downstairs neighbor and asked her to check on the child, officials said.

The neighbor went upstairs and called 911 after she found Khalil unresponsive in his father's apartment.

The child was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about one hour later.

Police investigated the death and arrested Richard Leak three days later, officials said.

“Extensive case and forensic pathology work by both the New Rochelle Police Department and the Westchester County Medical Examiner were instrumental in convicting this defendant," DiFiore said in a statement. "The severity of the abuse, along with multiple and conflicting stories as to how the child sustained the fatal injuries, belied the defendant’s protestations that the death was just 'an accident.'"

Richard Leak will be sentenced June 12.

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