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Friday, September 14, 2018 11:50 am

31-year sentence ordered in child-beating case

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man who beat a toddler last year and then fired a handgun inside a home as police were looking for him was ordered Friday to spend 31 years in prison.

Trumarkus C. Alexander, 28, beat the 1-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend in November, police said. 

He pleaded guilty in August to felony charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and criminal recklessness.

Charges of child molesting, battery and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement were dropped as part of a plea agreement. 

At a sentencing hearing Friday in Allen Superior Court, Alexander declined to speak when a judge asked whether he had anything to say.

His lawyer, Marcia Linsky, and prosecutors asked Judge Fran Gull to accept the plea agreement.

The girl's left eye was swollen shut, and she had injuries to her forehead when she was taken to a hospital Nov. 25. Investigators said she also had bruises on her back and torso and on her left arm.

Alexander told the toddler's mother the child had fallen off the bed, an air mattress on the floor. 

When police arrived to arrest him Nov. 28, Alexander was gone. He fled to a home in the 2800 block of Knode Court, police said. 

There, he fired a shot that police found lodged in a wall of a house next door -- where two men were sitting.