NY Stepfather Convicted Of Manslaughter

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New York (AP) A jury has convicted a man of manslaughter in the death of his 7-year-old stepdaughter after a trial that detailed years of horrific abuse and cast a spotlight on New York City's troubled child welfare agency.

Brooklyn jurors deliberated four days before finding Cesar Rodriguez guilty Tuesday of lesser charges in the death of the tiny, malnourished girl who was severely punished after she was caught stealing yogurt. Prosecutors, who alleged the girl was the victim of years of abuse and neglect comparable to torture, had sought to convict Rodriguez of murder.

The evidence in the case included grim crime scene photos from the room where Nixzmary Brown was bound to a chair, starved and forced to urinate in a litter box. More than once, court officers passed out tissues so weeping jurors could dry their eyes.