- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Berkeley County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend’s 21-month-old daughter.

The Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1qVKAyA) a judge sentenced 28-year-old Joshua E. McDonough of Hedgesville on Monday.

In February, a county jury found McDonough guilty of death of a child by abuse in the killing of Sydney Malee in April 2014.

McDonough was home alone with the girl while her mother was at work, and says the child had fallen off a bed.

A medical examiner testified that the girl died of blunt head, neck and torso trauma, with multiple bruises to her body.

McDonough has maintained his innocence.

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Information from: The Journal, https://journal-news.net/

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