Jailed father of tot killed in crash denied money

In this undated photo released by the family, Daviay Legrand is shown. An Allentown police officer who caused a crash that killed 4-year-old, Legrand, will be cited for running a red light, but he won't be charged in the boy's death, prosecutors said Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/family via The Allentown Morning Call)

September 28, 2011 5:41:40 AM PDT
A federal judge says the jailed father of a Pennsylvania boy fatally struck by a police cruiser doesn't deserve a piece of the $600,000 settlement paid out to the boy's mother.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports a federal magistrate on Tuesday found the father of 4-year-old Daviay Legrand made virtually no contribution to the boy's life and therefore wasn't entitled to any of the settlement.

Andre Watley had requested part of the settlement reached between the city of Allentown and Crystal Legrand over the boy's May 2007 death when a collision between two police cruiser pushed one vehicle on to a sidewalk.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin said Watley denied paternity until he took a court-ordered paternity test and was incarcerated for all but seven months of Daviay Legrand's life.

Watley is serving a prison sentence for drug and weapons convictions.

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