Athol man charged with murder in death of 10-year-old boy 

  • Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano, Chief of Child Abuse Unit, appears in Superior Court in Northampton on Monday, April 10, 2017, for the arraignment of Christopher Vinsant, 30, of Athol on charges of murder and assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Springfield attorney Mary Anne Stamm of Springfield stands with her client, Christopher Vinsant, 30, of Athol, during his arraignment in Superior Court in Northampton on Monday, April 10, 2017. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Christopher Vinsant, 30, of Athol enters Superior Court in Northampton on Monday, April 10, 2017, for arraignment on charges of murder and assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury in connection with the July 10, 2013, death of Isaiah Buckner, 10, of Athol. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Christopher Vinsant, 30, of Athol appears with his attorney, Mary Anne Stamm of Springfield, in Superior Court in Northampton on Monday, April 10, 2017, for arraignment on charges of murder and assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury in connection with the July 10, 2013, death of Isaiah Buckner, 10, of Athol. —GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 4/10/2017 12:49:23 PM

NORTHAMPTON – An Athol man has denied charges that he was responsible for the death of a 10-year-old boy in 2013. 

Christopher Vinsant, 30, pleaded not guilty to murder and assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury in Hampshire Superior Court Monday morning.

On Friday a Franklin County grand jury indicted Vinsant in connection with the July 10, 2013 death of Isaiah Buckner, 10, of Athol.

Buckner was in Vinsant's care, when he was rushed to the hospital with abdominal trauma, from which he later died, according to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.

Vinsant is being held without bail by agreement at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction. As he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, he mouthed “I love you” to those sitting on the bench behind him.

As the murder indictment was read, the boy's family cried. They declined to comment following the arraignment.

Vinsant’s Springfield attorney, Mary Anne Stamm, also declined to comment.

The case was investigated by Athol Police and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.


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