Stafford man gets 6 months for foster child’s death

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STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — A Stafford man will serve just six months for the death of his 1-year-old foster son.

On Monday, a judge sentenced David Marcussen to five years in prison, but four and a half of those years were suspended. The judge based his sentencing on the fact that he believes the child’s death was an accident.

Ka’ron Mason died after suffering second-degree burns from scalding bath water in February of 2015.

His foster father originally faced murder and involuntary manslaughter charges in the case, but recently pleaded No Contest to felony child abuse. Under that agreement, the Commonwealth’s Attorney dropped the more serious charges.

Ka’ron’s biological parents and grandmother were in court today. They were apparently just a couple of months away from bringing the child home when he died.

Family and friends of Marcussen packed the remainder of the courtroom, which was standing room only. They also flooded the judge with 110 letters in support of the defendant.

Marcussen will get credit for nearly two months time already served.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to

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