Update: Man arrested in Knoxville for toddler's death is sentenced

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A Jacksonville man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2009 death of a 16-month-old girl he was babysitting.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Torey Leonard Jenkins was watching Destiny Patterson when she was seriously injured while the child's mother was at nursing school. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital and died the next day.

An autopsy showed the girl had multiple blunt force impacts to her head, which caused severe brain injuries.

Authorities say Jenkins fled the area but was eventually arrested on an unrelated charge in Knoxville, Tenn.

Jenkins had pleaded no contest in July to second-degree murder prior to Friday's sentencing.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/19/09 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Federal agents and Knoxville police arrested a man wanted for the death of a toddler in Florida.

U.S. Marshals got a tip that Torey Leonard Jenkins, 33, was in Knoxville Saturday morning.

They caught him in a traffic stop on Apex Drive, in West Knoxville. He was driving on a suspended license.

The victim was 16-months-old.

Torey has been named a suspect in the homicide, but hasn't been charged.

He'll be extradited back to Jacksonville this week.


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