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Bronx Man To Serve 21 Years In Prison For Beating Death, Burial Of Infant Son

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Jose Feliciano, 52

A Bronx man will serve 21 years behind bars for beating his infant son to death and burying the boy in a shallow grave upstate.

Jose Feliciano, 52, pleaded guilty Friday in Bronx Supreme Court to first-degree manslaughter in the December 10, 2015 death of his son Mason.

Feliciano punched the boy in their Morris Park Avenue apartment to stop him from crying, said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. Neither he nor his wife, Danielle Whyte, called 911.

A week later, the couple buried their son in Dutchess County, about 80 miles north of Manhattan, and marked the grave with a crude cross made from tree branches.

Cops arrested Feliciano after Whyte tried to commit suicide and told a doctor what happened to her son, officials said.

Police did not arrest Whyte at first, but prosecutors later charged her with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Her case is still pending.

Part of Felciano’s plea deal includes him serving 21 years in prison.

 

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Thomas Lockhart

was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.