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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- An Orem man has been sentenced to 180 days in prison and fined 950 dollars for his role in the death of his eleven-month-old daughter.
The child apparently was suffocated by pillows put around her in a makeshift bed.
Twenty-seven-year-old Sean Barry Thomas initially was charged with intentional child-abuse homicide, but pleaded guilty in March to a lesser third-degree felony count indicating recklessness or negligence.
Police say Thomas put the child to bed by placing large, heavy sofa cushions around and on top of her, leaving little room for the child to move or breathe.
Thomas told police he put the cushions on the baby to comfort her.
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