Father convicted of killing daughter sentenced today

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A Lansing man will spend up to 15 years in prison for the death of his 8-month old daughter.

According to Lansing Police, officers were called to the 1300 block of Lansing Avenue in April of last year for reports of a child, not breathing.

Ava Cole was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

After an investigation police determined “foul play” was involved and prosecutors charged the girl’s father, Tatum Cole, with “open murder.”

Earlier this year a jury found Cole guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Abuse.

Today he was sentenced to 6-and-a-half to 15-years in prison on those two charges.

He will serve the sentences concurrently.

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