Beaumont man gets life term in death of girl, 3

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 6:33 PM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2012 death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

The Jefferson County jury decided on the sentence for 32-year-old Stephen Odom on Friday in Beaumont. The jury had found Odom guilty Thursday night of felony injury to a child related to the January 2012 death of Jakyra Henderson.

A medical examiner determined the girl died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Beaumont police say it appeared someone stomped on the girl.

Odom earlier Thursday disputed the medical findings and testified he never struck the girl.

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