Pa. man who put son in coma in ’91 charged with killing him

The Associated Press

SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — A man who put his infant son in a vegetative coma by shaking him as a 2-month-old in 1991 has been charged with homicide after the son died last year at age 23.

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Forty-six-year-old Christopher Barber served five to 10 years in a Pennsylvania prison for injuring Christopher Kostenbader in Saylorsburg. Barber most recently was living in Plainfield, Illinois.

Kostenbader was on life support until he died last year. An autopsy determined it resulted from complications caused by his 1991 head injury, and police say Barber is therefore responsible for the death.

WNEP-TV reports Kostenbader’s mother and other family still live in Saylorsburg but aren’t commenting on the charges.

Barber is jailed awaiting a March 14 preliminary hearing on a criminal homicide charge. Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.