BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - A Battle Creek man was found guilty Wednesday of the murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
Leo Ackley was found guilty of the first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of Baylee Stenman.
Baylee was taken off life support on Aug. 1, 2011, three days after Ackley said he found her unconscious in the Battle Creek home he shared with Baylee's mother Erica Stenman.
In a 911 call on the day of the incident, Ackley said that Baylee had fallen out of bed and hit her head. But investigators found bruising on the toddler's neck that wasn't consistent with a fall.
And doctors testified that the girl's injuries could not have resulted from a fall.
Baylee suffered a subdural hematoma -- blood on the brain resulting from serious head trauma -- and died from blunt force trauma to the head, doctors said.
One of the detectives who testified in Ackley's November preliminary exam said Ackley said he was frustrated by Baylee's difficulty with toilet training, and that she frequently wet herself and the bed.
Ackley is scheduled to be officially sentenced May 7, but first-degree murder carries a life imprisonment sentence in the state of Michigan.
Fred Glespie was found not guilty in the death of three children who died in an apartment fire.
Police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at a gas station in Plainwell Thursday night.
The rink will be open that day from 3-9 p.m.