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 (http://thesent.nl/rUNklO),
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.
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