Man Sentenced In Beating Death Of 2-Year-Old Daughter

FLINT (AP) – A Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in the 2011 beating death of his 2-year-old daughter who was found with human bite marks on her body.

The Flint Journal reports 23-year-old Donovan Haynes was sentenced Monday to roughly 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing.

Before being sentenced, Haynes unsuccessfully tried to withdraw his plea.

Haynes’ attorney Elbert Hatchett says his client is “deranged” and should undergo counseling in prison.

Authorities say Haynes beat and bit his daughter, Ti’Airra Woodward.

Prosecutors say she was found unresponsive in the basement of Haynes’ mother’s Flint Township home. Cause of death was internal bleeding.

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