- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Pierce County man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for beating his 2-month-old daughter to death in their DuPont home.

Prosecutors say a jury convicted 32-year-old Dwayne Cowart in January of second-degree murder. He was sentenced Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

In March 2014, prosecutors say the baby’s mother went to work and left the infant with Cowart. He reportedly called the mother later that day and said the girl was not breathing and that he had called 911.

First responders took the infant to the hospital where she died three weeks later.

Doctors say she suffered skull, rib, arm and leg fractures.

Cowart reportedly told detectives he became irritated while caring for his daughter, but that he didn’t mean to hurt her.

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