Father to stand trial in Ramona son's murder

SAN DIEGO - The biological father of a Ramona boy who suffered serious brain injuries as an infant and died as a blind and bedridden 6-year-old must stand trial on charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter, a judge ruled today.
Billy Joe Stringfield, also known as Billy Joe Springfield, is accused in the death of Samuel Dahlke. The child died at his adoptive family's home in Ramona in November 2011.
An autopsy determined Samuel died from the aftereffects of a head injury he suffered when he was about 6 weeks old, authorities said.
Stringfield was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse in 2006. The then 23-year-old defendant was sentenced to four years’ probation.
Authorities said Samuel was violently shaken in 2005 while living with the defendant in San Diego's Golden Hill neighborhood. The child's name was changed to Dahlke following his adoption.
Following a preliminary hearing today, Judge Joan Weber found that enough evidence was presented for Stringfield to stand trial. A status conference was set for July 1.

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