LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) -- A Logan County jury has found a 40-year-old Lincoln man guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that (http://bit.ly/nzv2Dz ) the jury deliberated about 10 hours before convicting Ty Cline on Thursday.
Prosecutors say Cline hit Lucas Alberts while babysitting the boy in August 2009 for then-girlfriend, Jody Alberts.
They say Jody Alberts took her son to a hospital the next morning after finding him struggling to breath and unresponsive. He died the next day.
Cline testified the boy stumbled and hit his head on a rat cage in the living room. But prosecutors say the boy's injuries were not consistent with a fall, including a head injury that reached the brainstem.
Cline is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1.
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com