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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — There were no winners in the courtroom Friday, noted Prosecutor Cmdr. Dave Karpel.

There was a guilty verdict — Seaman Recruit Jonathan Delgado was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Kylie.

And there was a sentence — the Misawa sailor was given 45 months confinement and a dishonorable discharge.

But “everybody loses,” Karpel said Friday, adding “there is nothing but tragedy inside this courtroom” as no one will get to know the baby in the pink “one-sie” beyond her short 66 days on earth.

Kylie’s death was the focus of a two-week court-martial at Yokosuka Naval Base that ended Friday with the jury’s decision that Delgado killed his daughter with “culpable negligence” by shaking her to death July 15, 2006, in the Misawa Air Base apartment he shared with his active-duty wife. Both sailors flew with Kylie to the neonatal intensive care unit on Okinawa where the baby was declared brain dead and life-support was withdrawn July 17, 2006.

The jury, made up of seven male naval officers and one female officer, heard scientific testimony that pitted the prosecution’s allegations of “shaken baby syndrome” against the defense’s explanation of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

Kylie’s doctors said the baby’s injuries — a brain hemorrhage, cracked ribs and bleeding in her retinas — were markers of fatal child abuse. The defense countered with an expert who said SIDS and cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts likely caused the injuries.

Delgado, 22, told jurors that Kylie was his “gem” in an emotion-choked statement given after his conviction.

“I miss my daughter — not a day goes by that I don’t think of her,” Delgado said. He dreamed Kylie would continue the family’s naval legacy, as his father and his sister are also in the Navy, he said.

“I wanted Ensign Kylie Delgado to be there at my retirement ceremony,” Delgado said. “I want another chance to be a husband and father.”

It just isn’t natural for a parent — or a grandparent — to bury a child, said Kylie’s mother, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michelle Delgado, in a tearful statement.

“I miss Kylie every day,” Michelle Delgado said. “This has been horrible for my family, for me, for Jonathan, for everyone.”

Kylie is buried in New Jersey and Joan Doucette — the baby’s grandmother — said she visits the grave every week with the baby’s grandfather, who never got to meet her.

“What a beautiful baby she was,” Doucette recalled. “The potential … her future, that’s all gone.”

But no matter what consensus the jury reached, Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia Delgado declared Friday that her big brother Jonathan “would never hurt his daughter.” That sentiment was echoed by two of Jonathan Delgado’s co-workers who spoke on his behalf.

“He is not a bad person by any stretch of the imagination,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessie Holliman.

Jonathan Delgado was transported to the Yokosuka brig after the sentence was read Friday. His lawyers intend to appeal his case, said Lt. James Jung.


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