BENNETTSVILLE, SC (AP) - A Marlboro County man has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of raping his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter and abusing her so badly the injuries eventually caused her death.
The jury deliberated about 45 minutes Friday before convicting Michael Huckabee of homicide by child abuse and first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced immediately after the verdict.
Prosecutors say Huckabee beat Edna Hunt, burned her with his cigarettes, pulled out her two front teeth and sexually abused her for several months before she died in October 2011.
Huckabee took the stand in his own defense and denied the abuse, implying the girl's mother hurt her. Atelia Hunt pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse in March and testified against Huckabee.
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