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Parachute man gets 38 years for death of month-old daughter

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Feb 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-04 14:44:39-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A Parachute man who pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of his month-old daughter has been sentenced to 38 years in prison.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 31-year-old Matthew Ogden was sentenced Friday for the June 20, 2015, death of Sarah Ogden, who had a bruised liver and a fractured skull.

Ogden's wife, Phyllis "Amy" Wyatt, told investigators Ogden shook the infant to try to stop her crying and then took her to another room. She said she heard pounding or thumping noises coming from that room but didn't intervene.

Wyatt was sentenced to eight years for fatal child abuse through negligence for not intervening when she heard the noises.

Ogden's attorney said Friday that Wyatt has since said she didn't see Ogden shake Sarah and mistook the thumping noises for a video game.

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