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Dad in starved tot case found guilty

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Faces life in prison without parole

By Damon Lawrence

The man accused of starving his son to death was found guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

Matthew Dotson was taken into custody immediately following the verdict.

Seeing her son led away in handcuffs was apparently too much for his mother, who collapsed on the courtroom floor.

The jury will return to the courthouse on Saturday and decide whether Dotson serves life in prison without parole or life with the possibility of parole.

Clifford Dotson was 2-years-old when he died on May 3, 2012. Prosecutors said what happened to him was incomprehensible.

“Those images will come back to you when you don't want to see them,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said about the pictures of Clifford shown during the trial.

For more on this story, read Monday’s edition of the Roane County News.