Mom Guilty of 3rd-Degree Murder in Delaware County Toddler's Death

Mother's boyfriend found guilty of endangerment

A suburban Philadelphia mother was convicted of third-degree murder and other charges in the death of her 2-year-old son.

But the Delaware County Daily Times reports Shannon Matthews' boyfriend was acquitted of all charges except child endangerment in the boy's death.

Friday's verdict means the 30-year-old mother remains jailed and faces up to 40 years in prison when she's sentenced. Her boyfriend, 31-year-old Daniel Grafton, has been freed on bond until the Glenolden couple is sentenced Jan. 18.

Prosecutors offered plea deals with sentences of 12 to 24 years each, but the couple rejected them. [[300426771, C]]

Little Mason Hunt died Feb. 3, 2015 after District Attorney Jack Whelan says the boy was "terrorized" and beaten the last two days he lived. Only Matthews and Grafton were with the boy then.

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