Winter Haven Man Sentenced for Killing Infant Daughter

Christopher Scott Ryon, 29, pleaded no contest Friday.

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Polk County Sheriff's Office

A judge has sentenced a central Florida man to 20 years in prison in the beating death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Twenty-nine year-old Christopher Scott Ryon pleaded no contest Friday to aggravated child abuse and manslaughter

Winter Haven police charged Ryon with aggravated manslaughter of a child in 2012.

According to police, Ryon told investigators he punched Riley in the head because she was crying, and he wanted to take a nap.

The Ledger reports the little girl was found unresponsive when her mother came home from work. Ryon was allegedly asleep on the couch when she arrived.

A medical examiner said the girl died from blunt force-trauma to the head.

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