Muncie man sentenced in 5-year-old girl’s death
June 19, 2012 2:52PM
MUNCIE (AP) — A Muncie man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the malnutrition death of his 5-year-old step-granddaughter.
A Delaware County judge told 45-year-old Robert Lee that he must have been a monster “manifested in the flesh” to 5-year-old Lauren McConniel before she died in 2010 after living in Lee’s home for seven months.
The Star Press reports Lee was sentenced Monday on child neglect charges.
Lauren died after weighing 28 pounds when she was hospitalized with lethal salt levels.
Lee admitted in court he had discussed with his stepdaughter, Brittany McConniel, punishments for the girl that included exercising to collapse and beatings.
McConniel is serving a 50-year sentence. Ryan McConniel is awaiting sentencing on neglect charges in his daughter’s death.