Barber Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Child

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STROUDSBURG -- A jury has found a man not guilty of third-degree murder in the death of his son, but found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Christopher Barber was accused of beating his son so badly, it caused his death more than two decades later.

In 1991, Barber shook and dropped his infant son, Christopher Kostenbader, causing serious and permanent brain damage.
Barber pleaded guilty to the assault and was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison -- serving 6 of those behind bars.

Kostenbader lived for 23 years on a ventilator, remaining in a vegetative state and on life support until May of 2015 when he died.

The coroner later ruled he died from the injuries he received as a baby.

Christopher Barber took the stand in his own defense during this trial, telling jurors he loved his son and never meant to hurt him, but became stressed because of the baby's crying.

"He needed to let them see the type of person he is, and not the monster the district attorney wanted them to think he was," his defense attorney, Robin Spishock, said.

The jury took less than 2 hours to reach a verdict, finding him not guilty of third-degree murder, but guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Barber was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison, but with time served, he was released.


  • Dawn Davenport

    I shouldn’t be shocked people are defending this man. Who cares if he “meant” for it to happen! As usual, out justice system failed us, maybe someone should have planted pot on him so he’d actually get jail time. He should have been siting it jail along time ago!

  • Canyon

    How can it be that someone was on a ventilator for 23 years in a vegetative state? Was that supposed to be the decent thing to do? This person never had a chance and should have been allowed a little decency by the medical industry and our over – zealous society.

  • kelly zimmerman

    First of all, Christopher Barber (Adult) didn’t beat this child EVER!!!!! I was this child’s aunt. Wnep screwed this story up and let extremely important facts out, to make it more juicy!!!!

    • L

      I’m sorry for the family’s loss, but, please tell us how the baby became comatose? He shook him,but did not beat him? Not being sarcastic. Where did the beating come from? What did corners report say?

  • WarningFakeNews

    At first I was thinking maybe getting a haircut was too risky, but then I realized the guy’s NAME is Barber.

  • burtfan16

    This a great system. Here’s a thought, if you take the life of a child you get life in prison, no possibility of parole.

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