Nyack father sentenced for beating daughter to death

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A Nyack father who beat his 3-year-old daughter to death was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in state prison.

Etzer Estiverne, 25, brutally beat his daughter Melody on February 22 in the basement apartment of his home after he saw that she spit out a sandwich he made her and soiled her pants. The former military man then hit his daughter 10 times, splitting many of her organs and causing her to suffer for five hours before she bled to death.

Estiverne was convicted of second-degree murder in July. The defense asked for some leniency in sentencing based on Estiverne's undiagnosed and untreated schizophrenia. The judge denied that. His family says they will continue to support him through this.

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