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Man who killed infant daughter released from prison

2013-02-19T16:57:00Z Man who killed infant daughter released from prisonDON LEHMAN -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
February 19, 2013 4:57 pm  • 

A former Glens Falls man who was convicted of killing his infant daughter 10 years ago has been released from state prison and is fighting extradition to face child abuse charges in Massachusetts.

Fred A. Beagle IV served 10 years of a 5- to 15-year prison term for a second-degree manslaughter conviction that stemmed from the 2002 smothering death of his 7-week-old daughter.

Beagle was found to have smothered the girl, Jade, in the Union Street apartment he shared with his wife. He was acquitted of second-degree murder but found guilty of second-degree manslaughter when a jury found that his actions of putting his hand over the child’s mouth and nose to stop her from crying didn’t rise to the level of “depraved indifference to human life.”

He was released from Livingston Correctional Facility on Jan. 12 and transferred to Livingston County Jail because of a felony arrest warrant in Massachusetts that stemmed from alleged abuse of his young son in Greenfield, Mass., in 1998. The boy, then an infant as well, suffered a number of broken bones.

Beagle faces four felony child battery charges in Franklin County, Mass., based in part on information that Glens Falls Police, State Police and then-Warren County First Assistant District Attorney Ted Wilson uncovered when prosecuting Beagle for his daughter’s death. Beagle confessed to injuring the son when being questioned about his daughter’s death, police said in 2002.

Beagle appeared in Livingston County Court on Tuesday morning and declined to waive formal extradition proceedings to return voluntarily to Massachusetts.

Instead, a process of exchanging documents between states will be required to prove he is the person wanted in Massachusetts.

The extradition proceeding was adjourned until April 1. He is being held in Livingston County Jail for lack of bail.

“I was supposed to go home and the judge set bail,” Beagle told the Genesee Sun newspaper after the proceeding. “They know I can’t make bail.”

State corrections records show Beagle was denied parole in 2007 and 2009 and served two-thirds of the maximum 15 years. Under state law, prisoners sentenced to indeterminate terms are released after serving two-thirds of the term, provided they have not had any disciplinary problems while in custody.

Beagle will be on parole for 5 years.


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  1. momandprovider
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    momandprovider - February 25, 2013 11:24 pm
    I would like to kno what goes thro these peoples minds as they watch the life of their victims disappear? The mentality it takes to not care as another human being struggles to survive? I have had yrs of experience working with adults,children,of all ages. I can tell u even the youngest of humans have an instinct to survive! And IF it is true that there was another victim? How did this slip thro the cracks? Just bc someone " claims " they didnt "mean" to kill a person, that allows a lesser sentence? You didnt kno ur actions were out of control? When u exhibit ANY type of physical aggression toward another person,u DO kno there is ALWAYS a possibility pf injury,and with someone significantly smaller, weaker, the risks r even higher ! In my opinion, knoaing THAT fact alone, if u STILL choose the behavior, the consiquences should be severe! No mercy for those who kill our babies!!!
  2. Key
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    Key - February 25, 2013 10:35 pm
    The sentence was far too leniet for taking the life of an innocent baby. He does not seem to have expressed any remose for his actions. It is hard to believe that an adult would not appreciate the danger that his actions posed to the child. He is now facing charges of beating on, and causing broken bones in his infant son as well. This is not depraved indifference to life?
  3. cmason34
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    cmason34 - February 23, 2013 9:57 am
    Amen 2 all tht believe he shld still b in prison!!!! tht is my 7 wk old niece we r talking about!!! I nvr got 2 hear her talk 2 coo or giggle, nvr got 2 c her take her 1st step nvr got 2 celabrate her 1st bday nvr got 2 go 2 dance recitals etc........ and y because he is selfish n took her little innocent life!!!!!! n he will get a 2nd chance at life!!! how fair is tht???? nice judical system!!!! just sayin!!!! He took a life his life shld b taken!!!!
  4. Rebelyell
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    Rebelyell - February 20, 2013 8:13 pm
    Would someone please clarify what "depraved indifference to human life" means? If deliberately smothering your 7 week old infant because of her crying is not depraved indifference to human life....then what is? I guess the judge did not know either. Amen to lilac25s it sure is the "criminal injustice system". Hope to God he's been neutered.
  5. lilac25252525
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    lilac25252525 - February 20, 2013 4:11 pm
    Amen, it's the Criminal Injustice Sytem in America
  6. dpgates1961
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    dpgates1961 - February 20, 2013 3:57 pm
    I agree taking someones life is not as serious as what it should be. The worst is he took one life and abused another. Grandchildren that I will never see, hold, comfort, and grow old with. R.I.P. Jade Marquis Beagle I Love and Miss You Gods Little Angel.
  7. ThisIsMyCity
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    ThisIsMyCity - February 19, 2013 10:14 pm
    10 years for killing a child and released? If he touched inappropriately her he'd have to register as a sex offender forever and everyone would know what he did and to keep their kids away. No such registry or requirement for taking her life away!??


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