Punishment Phase Tuesday for Man Convicted in Child's Death

Punishment phase begins Tuesday.

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    A Fort Worth man who testified that he never meant to harm his fiancee's daughter has been convicted of murder in her death.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that jurors Friday deliberated only about two hours before finding 32-year-old Samson Loynachan guilty. Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction in the death of 2-year-old Chloe Robinson. The punishment phase begins Tuesday.

    Loynachan said he may have injured the child when he hit her on the head with a vehicle arm rest while trying to cheer her up. Within an hour, she was unconscious and having difficulty breathing. She died the next day after emergency surgery to relieve brain swelling.

    Loynachan faces five to 99 years or life in prison; he is not eligible for probation