Man gets life sentence for killing toddler

3:58 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A Tampa man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating his girlfriend's toddler son.

A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 29-year-old Wilfredo Reyes Thursday night after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder sentence and aggravated child abuse.

While testifying at his trial, Reyes admitted to striking 2-year-old Yandel Martinez in the stomach because the toddler had pestered his sister and wet his pants. The Tampa Bay Times reports Reyes then put the boy in a closet for 30 minutes.

After the child collapsed and died in September 2010, Reyes initially told police the boy had fallen down some concrete stairs. After some questioning, Reyes eventually admitted that he disciplined the child earlier.

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