Va. Beach Man Gets Five Years for Hiding Body of Baby Who Died In His Care

The girl's mother left the baby in Smith's care after she was jailed

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    A Virginia Beach man will spend five years in prison for hiding the body of a baby girl who died in his care.

    Media outlets report that Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. sentenced 33-year-old Lawrence Ray Smith Jr. on Wednesday, telling Smith he would have put him away longer if possible.

    Smith pleaded guilty April 3 to hiding the body of 11-month-old Janyiha Whiteman, who died while in his care in October. He hid the girl's body in a stroller in an Oceanfront parking garage, where no one discovered it for nearly three weeks. By then, the body was too badly decomposed for a cause of death to be determined.

    Police say the mother left the girl in Smith's care after she was jailed for a parole violation.