EDWEARDSVILLE – A Judge has convicted a father with murder after it was determined he shook his infant daughter and caused brain damage.
In 1999, Torrance Rogers of Edwardsville pleaded guilty to shaking his 10-week old child. The incident left his daughter Taylor with significant medical problems stemming from severe brain damage.
Taylor was blind, deaf and acquired cerebral palsy.
In 2009, she died of pneumonia. According to medical reports, Taylor suffered from seizures, partial paralysis, and was often unable to speak. At the time of her death, she had less than five percent of her brain intact.
Following her death, Rogers was charged with first-degree murder. The prosecution argued Taylor’s death was a direct result of the injuries sustained when Rogers assaulted on her.
The defense argued Rogers had no intent to commit murder at the time, but the judge said since he pled guilty in 1999, it was an admission of an intent to cause harm.
Rogers has served seven years of a 15-year sentence for aggravated battery of a child.
Sentencing will take place at a later date.