WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — A Sykesville man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend’s 8-month-old daughter.

Donald Ray Pevia Jr., 30, was convicted in April of second-degree murder and numerous other offenses. At sentencing Tuesday, Carroll County Circuit Judge J. Barry Hughes said this was the worst case of child abuse he’d seen in 27 years in law.

Eight-month-old Ky’leigh Rogers was taken to Carroll Hospital Center on March 3, 2009 with apparent breathing trouble and died later that day. Her death was ruled a homicide, caused by bleeding from numerous internal injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Pevia had been one of the infant’s main caregivers in the weeks before her death.

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

  1. Bullfrog says:

    I don’t think it will take to long before this creep gets the exact same treatment that he instilled upon his girlfriend’s baby. How can any woman other than their husband entrust the life of their child with a man. I am not trying to offend any man and I apologize if I have, I am stating common sense opinions. The majority of men do not have the patience to care for an infant/toddler. A men’s mind is oh so different from a woman’s. The loving nature of a woman, the sooth talking, the caress of body to body contact. There are too many variables involved and trust is at the top of the list. It seems like once a week there is an article in the paper about a baby, toddler, or small child abused by their care giver, and it also seems that 9 out of 10 times it is a man.

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