A judge sentenced Juan Aguilar-Rivera Monday in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court. The man's attorney says Aguilar-Rivera maintains his innocence, even though he had pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide in a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Authorities say Aguilar-Rivera was babysitting Dania Rosiles July 5, 2011, when police responded to a call that the toddler was not breathing.
Rosiles died of injuries that included hemorrhaging in her brain and abdominal injuries consistent with being hit.
Prosecutors say Aguilar-Rivera told police he'd punched the girl, but said in court he didn't know what happened to her.
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