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Youngstown man to be sentenced for death of infant daughter

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Evan Lee awaits sentencing for causing the death of his infant daughter.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John Durkin acquitted the 23-year-old Youngstown man of  murdering and assaulting four month old Ila Lee, but he was found guilty of the less serious charge of involuntary manslaughter, as well as endangering children.

Judge John Durkin made it clear that the version of events leading up to the little girl's death were not consistent.

"The difficulty in these cases is that a judge in this case, or a jury, is left to speculate so much as to how and when certain injuries were caused.  Because no one can say. It's clear to the doctors, it's clear to me that an abuse took place. There were other injuries to Ila, specifically to her eye, to her scalp, to her throat, to her chest, to her arm," said Judge Durkin.

The charges were filed after authorities determined that the baby died of a head injury in May of 2013. Investigators also said there was evidence that the child had been shaken.

Lee's brother-in-law, Ebie Haywood said despite the verdict of guilty of involuntary manslaughter he is standing by him.

"He panicked. He cried for help. All he wanted to do was for someone to help him. He didn't mean for this to happen. He didn't mean for Ila Lee to die," said Haywood.

Evan Lee has professed his innocence, and had his case heard by Judge John Durkin, instead of bringing the proceedings before a jury.

Sentencing in the case will be held Monday morning and Lee faces three to 11 years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter charge.

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