Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake Forest man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing his 14-month-old daughter in December 2010.
A jury found Jonathan Blake Perry, 25, guilty of first-degree murder and felony child abuse.
Police and paramedics responding to a 911 call on Dec. 8, 2010, found Perry alone with his daughter, Jadajai Wright, who had no pulse. The toddler was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was pronounced dead.
Jadajai had swelling on the brain, extensive bleeding in her eyes and a bruised lung, authorities said.
Before he was sentenced, Perry spoke briefly to his girlfriend and her family, asking God "to give the Wright family strength" through difficult times.