- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - In a story March 3 about an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a man whose sentence was upheld. He is Timothy Tkachik, not Timothy Tkatchik.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Sentence upheld in NW Indiana 2-year-old’s death

Appeals court upholds NW Indiana man’s 40-year neglect sentence after beating death of girl, 2

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the 40-year prison sentence for a northwestern Indiana man convicted of neglect after the beating death of a 2-year-old girl he was babysitting.

The (Munster) Times reports (https://bit.ly/1hCAz0r) the unanimous ruling Monday rejected the appeal of 28-year-old Timothy Tkachik. He claimed the trial judge failed to consider mitigating factors including his heroin use and the dominant role of Engelica Castillo in their relationship.

Tkachik pleaded guilty in 2010 to two neglect counts for joining Castillo in beating Jada Justice to death on June 13, 2009, burning and encasing the child’s body in concrete, and dumping it in a swamp near LaPorte.

Prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Tkachik for his testimony against the 23-year-old Castillo. She’s serving a 65-year sentence for murder.

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