COPY-Pemiscot County man pleads guilty in toddler death

By Heartland News

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Pemiscot County man pleaded guilty to second degree murder Tuesday in the death of a toddler.  A judged sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say Matthew Taylor hit two-year-old Lillian Fowler several times in the face last week.

She was air-lifted to a Memphis hospital where she later died.  An autopsy showed the girl died from head trauma.

The child's mother, 21-year-old Joanie Fowler, faced endangering the welfare of a child charged after she originally told investigators the girl was injured in a four-wheeler wreck.

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