A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to at least a half-century in prison in the beating death of a 4-year-old girl almost three years ago.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 28-year-old Edward Golphin was sentenced Friday to 52½ to 105 years in prison in the July 2013 death of Seanita Brown.
Golphin was convicted in February of third-degree murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and child endangerment. He declined to speak before he was sentenced to the maximum term.
The girl's mother, 27-year-old Josephita Brown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four to eight years in prison.
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Defense attorney Michael Wallace said Golphin was molested and regularly beaten as a child. He called his client "a hand grenade ready to explode."