HARRISON, Ark. – An Arkansas man has been convicted of first-degree murder for the death of a 2-year-old girl and sentenced to life in prison.
Under a plea agreement, 24-year-old Cody Allen pleaded guilty Thursday to causing the death of a child, who suffered severe brain damage in May 2016.
He initially faced capital murders charges and the death penalty.
According to court documents, police who responded to a call about an unresponsive child were told that the girl had fallen down a set of stairs. But authorities said the child’s injuries seemed more severe than the explanation given.
Allen was arrested following a 48-hour investigation.
The child’s mother, 21-year-old Anastasia Weaver, also faces charges of manslaughter and permitting child abuse.
Her trial date is scheduled for February 22, 2018.
In a soft voice, Allen answered “no sir” when asked if he had anything to say by the judge after being sentencedhttps://t.co/V8grCiVNKR
— The Baxter Bulletin (@BBnewsroom) October 6, 2017