Man gets life in prison for killing toddler

Brett Meddock in court for sentencing in the death of Kaden Payne
Brett Meddock in court for sentencing in the death of Kaden Payne

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) –  A man convicted of killing a 16-month-old boy has been sentenced to life in prison.

Brett Meddock received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 23 years at Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Brett Meddock awaiting sentencing at Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday, September 14 for the beating death of 16-month-old Kaden Payne.
Brett Meddock awaiting sentencing at Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday, September 14 for the beating death of 16-month-old Kaden Payne.

The jury in August took about an hour to convict Meddock of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and two counts of child endangerment.

READ MORE: Clark County man found guilty on all counts in 2015 beating death of toddler

During Wednesday’s sentencing phase, Meddock sat emotionless as a family member of Kaden Payne read a statement. Following the statement, a judge sentenced Meddock to 15 years-to-life on the murder charge and 8-years-to-life on the child endangerment charge. Meddock will be up for parole after 23 years in prison.

During the trial, prosecutors said Meddock inflicted both external and internal injuries on the child’s head, neck and body.  During an autopsy report the medical examiner testified that he found knuckle impressions on the child.

Meddock was dating Kaden’s mother at the time of his death.  The child’s mother, Sierra Coy, testified that she left the child alone with Meddock for a short period of time and less than an hour later she noticed the child was breathing differently. Kaden Payne died on Jan. 20, 2015 of multiple blunt force trauma, according to a coroner’s report.

During court proceedings, a jailhouse recording was played of Meddock stating that he did it on purpose and the boy wouldn’t stop crying.

Meddock’s attorney argued that the injuries were accidental and occurred during wrestling and rough play with the child.  Meddock also stated during a police interview that the toddler was thrown into a wall by accident while play fighting.

(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)
(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

Meddock did not take the stand and his attorney did not present any witnesses during his trial.

Assistant prosecutor Amy Smith said it was no accident.  In her closing statement she said Meddock was abusing the child for quite some time based on medical reports and his failure to pass three polygraph exams.

“Kaden Payne died from multiple inflicted Blunt force trauma injuries that would have been symptomatic, shortly afterwards, shortly after they were inflicted.  Injuries that were inflicted by the one and the only person with access to Kaden unsupervised,” Smith said.

Kaden’s family spoke with reporters after court Wednesday. Hear what they had to say on 2 NEWS Wednesday night..

 

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