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Home Day Care Owner Sentenced to 50 Years in Infant Girl's Death

A Maryland man has been sentenced to spend 50 years in prison for the death of a 6-month-old girl who attended his home day care.

Millie Lilliston died from brain hemorrhages and broken ribs in 2016.

Detectives said 37-year-old Kia Divband squeezed and slammed her down at his day care in Rockville.

"A day care provider, someone you trust with your child, did this terrible terrible thing," said Ramon Korionoff, with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

Divband was sentenced on Thursday. He faced up to 65 years in prison for first-degree child abuse resulting in death and other counts. The jury previously acquitted him of second-degree felony murder.

Authorities asserted that Divband first injured Millie that April, but didn't notify her parents, and inflicted fatal injuries later that month. Prosecutors pointed to internet searches for "broken bones in children" and similar queries.

His attorneys argued that no one witnessed Divband inflicting injuries, and that there was no evidence he intended to cause harm.

His first trial ended in mistrial after jurors couldn't reach unanimous verdicts.

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