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Michigan man convicted in death of 8-month-old daughter

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

A Michigan man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the death of his 8-month-old daughter last year.

The Lansing State Journal reports testimony at the trial of 22-year-old Tatum Cole of Lansing indicated that he was sleep-deprived and angry when he threw the infant onto a couch.

Prosecutors asked the Ingham County Circuit Court jury to convict him of first-degree felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the May 2016 death of Ava Cole, but jurors instead found him guilty of the lesser manslaughter and second-degree child abuse charges.

His lawyer, Paul Toman, said the trial's outcome was fair.

Officials say Ava had cerebral palsy, a heart condition and other medical problems.

The manslaughter charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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