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Crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of literally breaking child’s heart?

Q: What are the details in the case from 1996 California vs. Chad Green?

Shortydowop, Sacramento

A: Chad Dwayne Green was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the June 1995 beating death of 3-year-old Marquis Ryan.

Ryan was the son of Green’s girlfriend. Authorities said the child was hit in the chest with such force that it literally broke his heart.

Green was sentenced in April 1996 to 15 years to life in prison. He also received an additional 40 months in prison for an unrelated gun charge. Now 47 years old, he is at Folsom State Prison.

According to stories The Sacramento Bee, Green was living with the little boy, the child’s mother and the boy’s younger brother and sister at a home in the 5000 block of Andrea Boulevard in the Foothill Farms area. The mother had left Green alone with the children. When she returned, she found Green with Ryan in the bathroom and saw the boy’s head rolling back. Green told paramedics that the boy had fallen off a bar stool.

A forensic pathologist testified that Ryan died from a crushed heart, the result of some type of compression between the ribs and the spinal cord. Such an injury usually is seen in accidents involving massive trauma, such as car accidents, and could not have been caused by a fall, the pathologist said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy