BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Francois Browne was sentenced Thursday to life plus 40 years in prison in the death of 18-month-old Zaray Gray.

Browne was the boyfriend of the child’s mother, police said. He was convicted of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Officials said the toddler, named Zaray Gray, died with a broken clavicle and internal injuries.

The family of Zaray Gray left the courthouse with Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby after the sentencing.

“Anybody that can inflict that type of harm on an innocent, young baby doesn’t deserve to walk the streets of our city, and thanks to the sentencing today, will not do so,” Mosby said.

According to testimony, Browne told Zaray’s mother he fell off of a slide at a playground.

Whitney West spoke after the sentencing.

“This is closure in regards to legal action, but it will never be closure emotionally, spiritually, physically,” West said.

Zaray was the second of Browne’s victims. In 2012, he was convicted in the death of his own 7-month-old son Kendall, who died of broken ribs and bleeding in his brain.

Browne served two years for child abuse resulting in death.

“There are moments where I just don’t want to be bothered with the world, and I just sit in my home and cry,” West said. “But at least this will never happen to any other child, mother, father, sister, or brother.”

According to prosecutors, Browne allegedly hurt another child, but wasn’t charged.


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