Man gets 20 years in prison for Aurora toddler’s death

The 25-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing a 2-year-old girl who was in his care.

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to killing a 2-year-old girl who was in his care in Aurora has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Hasan Jones was sentenced Thursday after previously pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in death. Police were called to an apartment Aug. 18, 2014, and found the girl, Ny’ari Hines, unresponsive.

Ny’ari’s mother told officers she left her daughter with Jones, her live-in boyfriend, while she was at work. When she came home, the child was having trouble breathing and holding her stomach. Ny’ari died at a hospital.

Aurora police say the girl had blunt-force injuries to her stomach that caused her bowels to bleed.

In 2013, Jones was paralyzed when he was shot multiple times by anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. Roberts said he was acting in self-defense.