Dallas Man Gets Life for Fatal Baby Beating

Friday, Aug 20, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 PM CDT
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Dallas Man Gets Life for Fatal Baby Beating

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A Dallas area man has been convicted of fatally beating his 4-month-old daughter and sentenced to life in prison.

A Dallas County jury found 24-year-old Franzwa Miller of Mesquite guilty of capital murder Friday.

Testimony revealed that Lea Miller was slapped unconscious in June 2009.

The Dallas Morning News reports that doctors who treated the baby said she had old rib fractures, a broken arm, a skull fracture, bleeding in the back of her eyes and brain injuries.

The infant's mother, Alesha Dean, testified that Miller once broke a spatula beating Lea with it. Dean said he forced her to keep the baby in a crib in the bedroom closet.

Twenty-year-old Dean said she didn't intervene because she feared Miller.

Defense attorneys contend that Dean, not Miller, killed the baby. She faces trial in Lea's death.
 

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