SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A Savannah man has been sentenced for the murder of a 4-year-old girl.
James Emmanuel Robinson was arrested in January 2016 on murder charges.
It was initially believed 4-year-old Laila Hawthorne died of meningitis in 2015, but an autopsy launched an investigation into her death.
Savannah police said Robinson was the live-in boyfriend of Laila’s mother at the time of her death. He was accused of beating the young girl to death.
Robinson was also charged with cruelty to a child involving Laila’s 3-year-old sibling.
He is sentenced to live without parole plus 80 years for her murder.