Man, 20, Sentenced In Daughter's Beating Death 8-30-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Man, 20, Sentenced In Daughter's Beating Death 8-30-2010

A Mid-Michigan man found guilty in the slaying of his 7-month-old daughter has been sentenced to life behind bars.
Michael Griffin Jr., 20, was also sentenced to additional time for first-degree child abuse.
Police said Naviah Griffin died in September of 2009 from a severe blow to the head after her mother left her in the care of Griffin.
Griffin was convicted of first-degree felony murder and first-degree child abuse during a trial this year.
During the trial, Naviah's mother testified that she went to the store, stopped at a friend’s house and then returned to the home where she lived with Griffin and her child.
The 7-month-old’s mother wanted to remain unidentified as she remembered the day in late September when she saw her daughter for the last time.
She said she knocked on the door a few times before Griffin answered.
"I heard Mike talking to himself -- we couldn't really make out what he was saying -- he came down the steps fast and she was in his hands, like she wasn't breathing," said Naviah’s mother. "I grabbed her out of his arms and went through the back door asking for help.”
In court, though, there was conflicting testimony, as Naviah's mother said she ran out of a townhome, looking for help and carrying the little girl in her arms, she approached the security at the apartment complex, but the security guard told a different story.
"When we were running to each other, I said 'What happened?' he [Michael Griffin Jr.] said 'She isn't breathing, she fell out of the swing, that's when I took her,'" said the security guard. “He was crying and wanted help -- and he wanted it now.”
The security guard was able to revive the 7-month-old twice, but she died a day later after suffering head trauma.
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