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Memphis man convicted of murder in baby's death

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 3, 2014 at 8:06 a.m.

MEMPHIS — Prosecutors say a father has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Friday that 23-year-old Sebastian Pegues also was convicted of aggravated child abuse in the death of his daughter Kalissa in Memphis.

The children's mother, Teresa Pegues, also is charged with aggravated child abuse. Her case is being handled separately.

The baby died June 25, 2012, from internal bleeding, cracked ribs and severe liver damage. Doctors said there was evidence of long-term abuse of the child.

Pegues' lawyers tried to blame the baby's death on his 8-year-old stepdaughter.

Pegues will be sentenced Feb. 28. The murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison, while aggravated child abuse carries up to 25 years without parole.

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Landau29 says... February 3, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

THE POS would get more time if he abused and killed a dog. This is not justice for that poor infant that couldn't even defend herself. I hope he gets some "abuse" in prison for what he did to her. And the mother as well!

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