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Stepfather beats 1-year-old stepdaughter to death because she stole a piece of his cake

By Mason White 1:31 PM March 28, 2016
Shanika M. Evans and Deonte L. Evans 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A stepfather was arrested on a charge of murder after beating his 1-year-old stepdaughter because she stole a piece of his cake, police in Missouri said.

Now, 25-year-old Deonte L. Evans of St. Louis, has been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of 1-year-old Jabria Phillips.

The mother of the child, 25-year-old Shanika M. Evans, has been sentenced to serve 5 years in prison after being convicted of child endangerment.

According to the police investigation, Phillips suffered fatal blows to her torso, causing fatal injuries to internal organs. The stepfather told police he hit his stepdaughter after she took a slice of cake from the kitchen counter at home.

An autopsy showed that Phillips also had rib fractures that were healing. The stepfather admitted to hitting the girl in the torso three weeks before she died.