published Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Memphis man convicted of murder in baby's death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Prosecutors say a father has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Friday that 23-year-old Sebastian Pegues also was convicted of aggravated child abuse in the death of his daughter Kalissa in Memphis.

The children's mother, Teresa Pegues, also is charged with aggravated child abuse. Her case is being handled separately.

The baby died June 25, 2012 from internal bleeding, cracked ribs and severe liver damage. Doctors said there was evidence of long-term abuse of the child.

Pegues' lawyers tried to blame the baby's death on his 8-year-old stepdaughter.

Pegues will be sentenced Feb. 28. The murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison, while aggravated child abuse carries up to 25 years without parole.

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