Father acquitted of ‘sleepwalking murder’ of 4-year-old son

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DURHAM, N.C. – A North Carolina father has been cleared in the murder of his son.

Joseph Mitchell, 50, said he was sleepwalking when he smothered his 4-year-old son and attacked two other children.

Prosecutors say Mitchell was facing foreclosure and knew what he was doing.

The defense argued Mitchell was suffering from stress and lack of sleep, which caused him to sleepwalk.

He claimed to have no memory of the attack.

The district attorney said he was disappointed but respects the jury’s ruling.

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