EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  31-year-old Torrance Rogers was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for the death of his daughter, according to Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons.

Taylor Pinkas was less than three months old in 1999 when she was violently shaken by Rogers while left under his care.

Despite the traumatic injuries she suffered, Taylor survived and lived until 2009 when she developed pneumonia that eventually took her life.

Rogers had pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery of a child in 2001 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He served approximately seven years of that sentence.

Prosecutors filed murder charges in 2009 after it had been determined that Taylor’s death from pneumonia was linked to the injuries she received during the beating by her father.

On July 19, 2012, Rogers was found guilty of first degree murder by Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli following a stipulated bench trial.

On Thursday Tognarelli sentenced Rogers to 40 years as requested by Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Jensen.

Rogers will receive credit for the time he served in prison on the previous battery conviction.

After the sentence was announced, Gibbons thanked the Edwardsville Police Department and the medical personnel in Madison County and St. Louis who treated Taylor while offering irrefutable proof that Rogers’ actions in 1999 caused her death 10 years later.


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