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Man Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Toddler

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — A Westminster man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for abusing a female toddler.

Ryan Gifford , 24, was sentenced Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court. Judge J. Barry Hughes called the abuse “depraved and selfish torture.”

The child was taken to an emergency room on April 10, 2010, where she was found to have bruises, cuts and burns.

The toddler’s mother told police she and Gifford bought alcohol after she put the child to bed. She awoke to find Gifford and the child naked on the bathroom floor with blood on the girl’s lips and ears.

Gifford declined to speak at sentencing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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