CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.
KZIM Radio reports that 23-year-old Matthew Taylor of Bragg City was sentenced Tuesday, the same day he entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder in the 2008 death of Lillian Fowler.
Lillian's mother, 21-year-old Joanie Fowler, told authorities the child was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. But police later determined that Taylor had struck the child in the face with his fist. An autopsy showed Lillian died of head trauma.