Southeast Missouri man gets 20 years in death of child

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.

Joanie Fowler goes to trial in March for endangering the welfare of a child.

Information from: KZIM-AM,
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