Former Fort Carson soldier Roderick Elam Jr. gets 32 years in beating death of 2-month-old daughter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A former Fort Carson soldier has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for beating his 2-month-old daughter to death, Colorado Springs police say.

Police arrested Roderick Elam Jr. in December 2011 in the death of his infant daughter, Harmone’e.  An autopsy found that the baby suffered a severe brain injury and four lacerations to her liver, police said.

An El Paso County jury in January found Elam guilty of two counts child abuse resulting in death. The counts involved one charge for her brain injury and one charge for her lacerated liver.

On Wednesday, Judge Ronald G. Crowder sentenced Elam to 32 years for the injury he inflicted to the baby's liver and eight years for the injury to her brain, police said.

At the time of the killing, Elam was a private first-class assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. He was later discharged from the Army.