(iWIDK By Nina Hoffman) - A U.S grand jury found Steven Deuman guilty of murder after he was accused of killing his 15-month-old daughter by asphyxiation during a horrifying rape.
Deuman attempted to convince a jury that he had found his baby daughter on the floor, not breathing and bleeding from the nose.
He failed to call an ambulance, and the child was only taken to hospital after her mother returned home and found the child unconscious.
He later told the mother he thought she may have died from choking on a condom.
Mlive.com reports that Prosecutor Phil Green told jurors Deuman had not come up with a plausible reason for why a used condom with his DNA was found in the baby girl’s mouth.
“This was no accident. She couldn’t roll over, much less crawl. She certainly wasn’t capable of overcoming the obstacles on her bed, the pillows, to end up on the floor. Even if (she did), how is she going to suck that condom up?”
According to SF Gate News, testimonies from witnesses who said Deuman abused them as children assisted in gaining a conviction.
The trial was conducted by federal court because the crime took place on an American Indian reservation in Michigan.
Jurors took under an hour to convict Deuman of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life prison sentence without parole.