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Jury finds Kaliq Mansor guilty of murdering 11-week-old son

Metzger father will be sentenced Oct. 12 for the murder of his son Bryan and abuse of his twin brother


by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Mansor was convicted Friday of 10 counts of abuse on his two 11-week-old twin boys. The assault was so bad one boy suffered a brain injury and died in 2011. Mansor will be sentenced next month.Kaliq Mansor, the Metzger father accused of murdering his 11-week-old son and abusing both him and his twin brother, has been found guilty.

A jury on Friday ruled Mansor was guilty of 10 counts, including murder by abuse, assault and criminal mistreatment in the death of Bryan Mansor. Prosecutors said Mansor abused the two infant boys regularly and shook Bryan to death.

Mansor, wearing a suit and tie, showed little emotion as the verdict was read aloud by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Don Letourneau, which came less than three hours after jurors began deliberation.

Bryan was taken to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on June 12, 2011. Mansor said his son stopped breathing during a feeding and that he searched online for what to do for about 15 minutes before calling 911.

Doctors found a skull fracture and six, old rib fractures on the boy’s body that showed a history of abuse.

Prosecutors said Mansor likely shook Bryan violently, causing a fatal brain injury. The baby died the following day.

The trial lasted two weeks. Mansor took the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday and Thursday, saying Bryan’s injuries were not intentional abuse, but might have come from a few incidents in the days before the boy’s death, including a time when Bryan fell from a stroller.Mansor

The boy was reportedly secured in a car seat that toppled out of a double stroller several days before the boy’s death, his ex-wife Angela Foster testified.

The fall didn’t wake the sleeping baby at the time, she said.

Doctors refuted Mansor’s claims that it might have caused some of the injuries, saying the height and impact were inconsistent with his injuries. They told the court the injuries more likely came from violent and aggressive shaking.

Mansor’s attorney, Russell Barnett, said the facts of what happened to Bryan were still in question.

“Convicting a man of murdering his own child without knowing what happened is beyond unethical,” he said. “It is morally reprehensible.”

Mansor had Internet search terms, including “father hates infant,” “can therapy help an abuser” and other Google search terms, that prosecutors said revealed Mansor knew he was abusing his two sons and was unable to stop himself.

“Nobody is saying he didn’t love his kids,” said Deputy District Attorney Paul Maloney during closing statements. “But what is plain is that he could not control himself when these kids got into his head with that screaming.”

Mansor testified that the search terms were part of research he was doing because he wanted to know the signs for abuse and mistreatment as the boys got older and the family sought daycare options.

Maloney was not convinced. He told the jury Mansor didn’t want to be seen as “a bad dad,” so he turned to the Internet for guidance on what he knew was abusive behavior. The Metzger father researched Oregon child abuse laws, shaken baby syndrome and searched for answers to questions such as “Am I abusing my baby?”

“If he had asked those questions to his wife instead of his computer, Bryan would still be alive,” Maloney said.

Barnett argued that people’s search terms alone don’t tell the full story about people’s intentions.

"Who in our society is defined by our computer searches? Who among us is defined by our searches at the library?” he asked the jury. “Curiosity might have killed the cat, but curiosity should not convict this man."

Barnett was visibly upset during his closing arguments, at one point turning his back on the jury to wipe away tears.

“From my chair, this case is a nightmare,” he said. “No matter what the verdict is, Bryan is gone. My client has lost his family, and his life will never be the same. He will be tormented regardless. There is no winning in this case.”

The verdict came on what would have been Bryan’s 18-month birthday.

Mansor will be back in court Friday, Oct. 12, for sentencing.



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