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Michigan man sentenced in death of 8-month-old daughter

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 08:52:30-04

A Michigan man convicted of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in the death of his 8-month-old daughter has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.

The Lansing State Journal reports 22-year-old Tatum Cole of Lansing apologized before learning his punishment Wednesday.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told him: "The only remorse you have, sir, is for yourself — that you will be locked up and taken away from your family."

He was charged with murder and first-degree child abuse in the 2016 death of Ava Cole, but jurors found him guilty of the lesser charges. Testimony indicated that he was sleep-deprived and angry when he threw the infant onto a couch.

Officials say Ava had cerebral palsy, a heart condition and other medical problems.