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Blakeney convicted in child's death

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LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - Justin Blakeney has been sentenced to death after being convicted of capital murder in the 2010 death of a 2-year-old girl.

The Chronicle reports ( ) a jury brought in from Greene County reached a verdict shortly after an hour of deliberations on Friday.

Blakeney was charged with the death of Victoria Viner, the daughter of his then live-in girlfriend.

On Aug. 10, 2010, Blakeney was babysitting the child when she required medical attention. The child was taken University Medical Center in Jackson where she died two days later. According to the autopsy report, the state crime lab cited the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

Blakeney had argued the child fell from a stool and hit her head.

Information from: The Chronicle,

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