WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Wichita man who was convicted of child abuse but acquitted of murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend’s toddler is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
The Wichita Eagle reports that 34-year-old Sly Maples faces up 11 years and four months in prison. Sedgwick County jurors returned their verdict Monday.
Two-year-old Avry Darnell died on Jan. 21, 2015, after she was removed from life support. One day earlier, Maples and Avry’s mother took the toddler to a hospital after she fell unconscious while playing with Maples at a park. Medical staff determined she had current and prior brain bleeds and bruising around her neck
Maples claimed the girl struck her head on a playground slide. But hospital staff determined her injuries weren’t consistent with the story.
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