Man convicted in beating death of toddler dies in Dayton hospital

Dustin Rybak (Jordan Bowen / WDTN Photo)
Dustin Rybak (Jordan Bowen / WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The man convicted in the death of a child has died.

Rybak died Monday at Grandview Hospital in Dayton. An autopsy is expected to be completed Tuesday.

Dustin Rybak pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter for the death of 19-month-old Takota Hasty. Rybak was sentenced in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

READ MORE: Rybak sentenced to 18 years in prison for death of 19-month-old

Takota was 19-months-old when prosecutors say he was cut, beaten and burned by his mother and her then-boyfriend. At the time, they reported that the couple tried to hide the abuse with makeup.

The boy’s mother, Crystal Laurel, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in September 2013. Part of her deal includes having to testify against her ex-boyfriend, Rybak, at trial. She has not yet been sentenced.

READ MORE: Family demands justice two years after toddler’s death

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