01/05/2012 10:15 EST | Updated 03/06/2012 05:12 EST

Indian Brook man handed 8 years in son's death

An Indian Brook man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in the death of his three-year-old son on the First Nations reserve 15 months ago.

James Joseph Peter-Paul, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to the reduced charge of manslaughter in Shubenacadie provincial court shortly before being sentenced.

He had originally been facing a charge of second-degree murder.

On Oct. 1, 2010, Matthew James Raymond Peter-Paul was rushed to hospital with multiple injuries including a ruptured pancreas which caused his death.

The court heard that on that night, Peter-Paul was at home in his apartment with three young children. He assaulted his son, Matthew, numerous times.

The young boy suffered a broken leg and head and facial injuries. A blow to his body ruptured his pancreas.

Judge Timothy Gabriel heard two victim impact statements before passing sentence. He gave Peter-Paul credit for 89 days he has already served in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Peter-Paul has a lengthy criminal record.

RCMP in Indian Brook received a 911 call of a child in cardiac arrest on Oct. 1, 2010. Matthew was rushed to Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro and pronounced dead shortly after.

The boy's mother had moved to Ontario just shortly before the assault.

Indian Brook is about 30 kilometres southwest of Truro and is the second-largest First Nations community in Nova Scotia.