Foster dad gets four years in child's hot-attic death

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to four years in
prison Tuesday in the death of a 2-year-old foster child who was left in a hot attic for five hours as punishment for misbehaving.
Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Jane Bond sentenced Elmer G. Lillard, 36, of Akron, on charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangering, obstructing justice and evidence tampering.
Lillard first told police that Letia Harrison was found
unresponsive in the bathtub but later admitted he had sent her to the attic for misbehaving.
Her body temperature was 107 degrees when she was taken to the hospital. Authorities said the attic temperature likely reached 110 on Sept. 19, when the outdoor temperature reached into the 80s.
Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said there was no evidence that Lillard intended to cause the child's death.
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