Court records show that a 24-year-old father, identified later as Dyllan, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of his newborn daughter. The case, which unfolded over several months, highlights the extreme consequences of child abuse and the importance of vigilant child protection measures.
Dyllan, in a distressing admission, pleaded guilty to one lesser count of second-degree murder, revealing the extent of his actions that led to the untimely death of his infant daughter. His sentence ensures that Dyllan will spend a significant portion of his life in a state correctional facility, with eligibility for parole only after serving at least 25 years.
The events leading to this tragic outcome began on September 18, 2021, when Dyllan called 911, reporting that his 2-month-old daughter was not breathing. First responders rushed to the scene, only to find the baby girl unresponsive, lying face up on the floor. They immediately noticed the extent of her injuries to the newborn—bruises and bite marks marred her small body, signaling a horrifying situation. When asked about the observed injuries, Dyllan claimed that he bit the child, ‘shook’ her ‘pretty violently’ approximately 20 times, and ‘played with her legs’ in an attempt to gain a response from the child after she suddenly became unresponsive, according to prosecutors.
Despite the best efforts of the medical team, the infant was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy later revealed a chilling array of injuries, including blunt force trauma to her head, neck, torso, and extremities, along with multiple fractures and a spinal cord injury. These findings, coupled with varying stages of healing, pointed to a pattern of prolonged abuse. The investigation took a turn when Dyllan, eventually broke down and confessed everything. He told investigators he became frustrated and admitted shaking his daughter because she would not eat and would not stop crying. This confession, along with the medical evidence, led to Dyllan’s indictment by a grand jury on the charge of first-degree murder. In 2019, he was convicted of felony injury to a child. At the time of his daughter’s murder, he was still under probation for this prior offense.