February 25, 2002 at 11:26 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 11:01 PM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to 23 years to life in prison for beating a child to death.
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jane Bond on Monday sentenced Orlando Powe, 31, of Akron, in the death of 3-month-old Elijah Amos. A jury on Feb. 14 found Powe guilty of murder, child endangerment and felonious assault.
Powe hit Elijah on the head, which fractured the infant's skull, according to trial testimony. He then placed Elijah on a bed for five hours before the child's mother, Elbony Amos, came home to find her baby's body.
Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Connie Haslinger said the baby's crying sent Powe into a rage while he baby-sitting alone on June 18.
Haslinger presented medical evidence showing that Elijah could have survived the injury had Powe sought medical treatment. Instead, she contended, Powe put the child on a bed and allowed him to die.
Elijah's death originally was perceived as sudden infant death syndrome. But an autopsy performed the day after his death revealed bruises and a skull fracture behind his left ear.
Powe, who is not the child's father, was with Elijah most of the day while Elbony Amos went to work.
Powe told jurors that his day with Elijah was uneventful and that he doesn't know how the child's skull was fractured. Later in his testimony, he said the baby fell from a bed.
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