PORTLAND, Ind. (WANE) The Jay County man who killed his girlfriend’s five-week-old daughter by slamming her to the ground repeatedly was sentenced Wednesday.
Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison sentenced 22-year-old Dalton R. Davis to 65 years for the death of young Lillian Grace Lloyd on Sept. 28, The (Muncie) Star Press reports.
It was in the morning hours of that early autumn day when Lillian was found not breathing. Police and medics arrived at the rural Jay County home that Davis shared with the child and her mother, and the infant was taken to Bluffton Regional Medical Center. There, she was pronounced dead.
Investigators said then that Lillian died from severe blunt force trauma. Police said her body was slammed repeatedly against the cement ground outside their home by Davis because he was upset with her mother.
Jay County Prosecutor Wes Schemenaur had sought a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Davis. Hutchison, though, accepted a plea agreement that called for Davis to receive the 65-year sentence.
The newspaper reported that the judge said the case was “as senseless or barbaric” as he’d seen before.