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Death of 1-year-old Las Vegas boy ruled homicide

Updated March 9, 2018 - 7:53 pm

The September death of a 1-year-old Las Vegas boy who had a history of being abused has been ruled a homicide by the Clark County coroner.

The child, Zane Gentry, was hospitalized in critical condition on Sept. 5 after he was found unresponsive, according to the Clark County Department of Family Services. The boy died Sept. 8 at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Nearly six months after his death, the coroner determined Zane died of abusive head trauma and a seizure disorder. His death was ruled a homicide Friday.

Police said Zane died as a result of injuries suffered in Washoe County in 2016. The injuries were described as “nonaccidental trauma” in a Clark County Department of Family Services report.

On May 31, 2016, Zane was hospitalized with severe head trauma, bruising on his body and a fractured femur, the Washoe County district attorney’s office said in statement. Investigators determined the report was substantiated, and the boy, then 6 months old, was placed in his mother’s care.

His father, Shawn Wesley Gentry, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 in Washoe County to three counts of child abuse resulting in substantial bodily harm in connection with the May 31 incident.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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