13-year-old Cristian Fernandez pleads to reduced charges in brother's death

3:21 PM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) - A Jacksonville teen accused of killing his half-brother has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Cristian Fernandez pleaded guilty as a juvenile Friday to manslaughter and aggravated battery.

The Florida Times-Union reports that he will remain at a juvenile facility until he turns 19 in January 2018. Fernandez had been facing an adult first-degree murder charge and a possible life sentence.

A then-12-year-old Fernandez was initially arrested following the March 2011 death of his 2-year-old half-brother. 

Authorities say Fernandez had been home alone with the toddler when he suffered a fractured skull, bruising to his left eye and a bleeding brain. 

The boys' mother, Biannela Susana, waited more than eight hours to take the injured child to the hospital, where he died. The mother pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year.

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