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Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Death of Toddler in Union City Fire

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A man who acknowledged tossing lit matches in an apartment, sparking a fire that killed a toddler and damaged dozens of buildings in New Jersey, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Edwin Diaz, 20, was sentenced Friday in Hudson County on a reckless manslaughter plea in the March 2017 death of 1-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr., the Jersey Journal reports.

Diaz said he was in the Union City apartment with the boy's father and they were lighting matches and tossing them on a cousin sleeping on a couch, which caught fire.

Diaz apologized in court, saying there isn't a day he doesn't think "of the innocent child we lost that night." The boy's father pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced earlier to five years.

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