Man Gets Life Sentence for Toddler's Death

By: AP
By: AP

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida man has been sentenced to
life in prison for the death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

A Lake County judge sentenced 30-year-old David Tatara on
Wednesday. A jury found him guilty last month of second-degree

According to the Orlando Sentinel (,
Tatara had claimed that 15-month-old Blake Rupe was fatally injured
in December 2008 when he fell from a playpen.

Prosecutors say Tatara lost his temper and assaulted the boy
because he wouldn't stop crying for his mother.

A medical examiner described the child's cause of death as blunt
force trauma, reporting a fractured skull and two broken ribs.

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

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