Lincoln man convicted in beating death of toddler -

Lincoln man convicted in beating death of toddler

   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 ( ) 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,


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