Mount Vernon man sentenced to 48 years in fatal beating of 2-year-oldPosted: Updated:
A Mount Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday to 48 years in state prison for killing one of his girlfriend's daughters.
In May, a jury found Derran Morris, 25, guilty for beating Monique Turner's 2-year-old daughter to death and severely injuring the toddler's twin sister.
Prosecutors say in July 2017, Morris savagely beat the toddlers Addison and Annalynn inside his father's South Third Avenue Apartment in Yonkers.
In court today, Morris showed no emotion as Westchester County Court Judge Anne Minihan imposed 25-year sentences on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Those sentences will run concurrently. He also received a 23-year sentence for beating Annalynn, which will be served after the first sentence.
According to the medical examiner's office, her death was caused by blunt force trauma to her body. Prosecutors say Addison had 17 knuckle marks on her abdomen.
Addison's twin sister, Annalynn, survived with serious injuries and was in the hospital for weeks.
Morris' lawyer had requested a sentence of 15 years, but the judge rejected that. She plans to appeal.
"During the trial we asked for a mistrial. At one point in time, there was testimony read back to the jury that was sustained and stricken from the record," Christina Hall said.
The children's relatives say justice was served.
The judge also issued a restraining order against Morris on behalf of the girls' relatives, telling him not to try and have any contact whatsoever, either by mail or social media.
The grandfather of Annalynn told News 12 she is now living with him, and doing very well.