DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit father who prosecutors say faked a carjacking to cover up the slaying of his 2-year-old daughter faces sentencing Monday for first-degree murder and child abuse.
A jury convicted 32-year-old D’Andre Lane on Oct. 12. The law requires Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans to sentence him to life in prison without possibility of parole on the murder charge.
Lane told police that his daughter Bianca Jones was in the back seat of his car in Detroit’s North End neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2011, when the vehicle was taken at gunpoint.
The car was found less than an hour later, but Bianca was no longer inside.
Wayne County prosecutors believe Lane faked the carjacking in an elaborate story to cover up his child’s murder.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors painted Lane as an abusive father who was obsessed with potty training his children. Prosecutors alleged Lane beat Bianca to death after she wet herself, covered her body with a blanket and put her in her car seat. They said he then drove Bianca’s siblings to school before dumping her body.
Bianca’s body has never been found.
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