SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A San Antonio man was sentenced to life in prison Monday after being convicted of killing an 11-month-old boy he was babysitting in 2017.

Last month, Bexar County jurors found Miguel Gutierrez, 27, guilty in the death of Xzavier Cortez. A judge sentenced him Monday.

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The boy’s mother had left the child and his three siblings in Gutierrez’s care in November 2017.

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Gutierrez denied he hurt Xzavier, but while being interviewed by San Antonio police detectives following his arrest, said he squeezed the child “too hard.”

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