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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 25-year-old man convicted of killing his 3-month-old daughter was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release.
Red Rock Serawop was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in December in the death of Beyonce Serawop. The girl died after her father threw the crying infant down in a bathroom, hitting her head on the sink or toilet.
Serawop was watching the infant on Nov. 3, 2002, at their home on the Ute reservation about 140 miles southeast of Salt Lake City when the baby was taken to a local hospital with serious head injuries. Beyonce was later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Serawop initially told investigators that he wasn't in the room when the incident occurred.
However, he later said he fell down while holding the child, authorities testified. Eventually, Serawop said he was frustrated with the crying child and threw her down in the bathroom.
In addition to the jail time, U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell is also considering making Serawop pay restitution to the girl's family. A hearing on that issue was scheduled for later in April.
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