James Robert Hill Jr., 45, was denied early release from prison by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Hill’s hearing was last week in Montgomery.

He was found guilty of manslaughter in 2009 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Hill was found guilty of killing his newborn son with blunt force trauma to the head in a mobile home in Lacey’s Spring. The baby was found dead in a clothes basket with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

High levels of cocaine were found in the baby’s system.

He is serving his time in Limestone Correctional Facility.

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