Ohio man gets 18 years in prison for toddler’s beating death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Dayton man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son.

Dustin Rybak was sentenced Thursday after earlier reaching a plea deal on lesser charges, including involuntary manslaughter in the April 2013 death of Takota Hasty.

Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion says the 28-year-old Rybak could be eligible for release in about 12 years if he stays out of trouble. Rion says if they’d lost at trial, the sentence might have been much longer.

Prosecutors said Takota died a day after being hospitalized with bruises, abrasions and burn marks. An autopsy found he died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Takota’s mother pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges including involuntary manslaughter. She hasn’t been sentenced.

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