Savannah man sentenced to life without parole for murder of 4-year-old

James Emmanuel Robinson

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.

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