Torrance Rogers sentenced in shaken-baby death

1:16 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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Edwardsville, IL (KSDK) - A 31-year-old Edwardsville man was sentenced Thursday in a shaken-baby case involving his daughter, who died nearly a decade after she was originally injured, the Madison County State's Attorney's Office said.

Torrance Rogers was convicted in July of first-degree murder in July 2012 for the death of his daughter, Taylor Pinkas.

In 1999, Pinkas was less than three-months-old when she was violently shaken by her father. The girl survived the ordeal but was nearly blinded as a result and required around the clock medical care.

Taylor Pinkas died in 2009 of bronchial pneumonia. She was 9. Authorities determined her death from pneumonia was linked to the injuries she suffered in that shaking incident as an infant.

Rogers previously pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery of a child in 2001 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served only seven years of that sentence before being released.

Torrance Rogers was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday. He will get credit for the seven years he's already spent in prison toward the 40-year sentence.


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