A Detroit father was found guilty Friday of murder and child abuse after prosecutors say he killed his two-year-old daughter and then faked a carjacking to cover up the crime.
D’Andre Lane, 32, sat silent as the Wayne County Circuit Court jury foreman read the verdicts on both charges.
‘This has been a very long and very emotional case for everyone involved,’ Judge Vonda Evans told the court.
Lane faces life in prison without parole when sentenced on November 16.
Lane told police his daughter, Bianca Jones, was in the back seat of his car in Detroit’s North End neighborhood on December 3 when it was taken at gunpoint. The car was found less than an hour later, but the girl was no longer inside.
Bianca’s body has never been found.
Prosecutors said Lane beat his daughter to death using a stick wrapped in a towel, wrapped her body in a blanket, strapped her into her car seat and then disposed of her corpse the following morning before reporting the abduction.
According to officials, the girl’s lifeless body was still in the car when Lane drove his then seven-year-old daughter and nephew to school, ABC7 reported..
Lane, who has fathered seven children with seven women, admitted to officers during questioning that he had spanked the child for wetting herself.
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Struck: Lane is consoled by his attorney Terry Johnson after the jury returned a guilty verdict on Friday
Punishment: The Detroit father is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole on November 16
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Carin Goldfarb told jurors that Lane was obsessed with potty training and believed toddlers who have accidents ‘should be physically punished.’
Police and hundreds of volunteers scoured city neighborhoods, poking through piles of trash and in vacant homes and garages calling out Bianca’s name. But the searches dwindled after several days and eventually authorities gave up.