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Man pleads guilty to killing 3-year-old; sentenced to 40 years in prison

Tony McKinney (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives) Tony McKinney (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)
Ciriyah West and her mother (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives) Ciriyah West and her mother (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man who severely beat a 3-year-old girl will serve 40 years in prison, according to Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Tony McKinney was babysitting his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, Ciriyah West, in May 2013. He told investigators he "spanked her good." West's injuries from the beating were so severe, she died in the hospital.

The District Attorney's Office said McKinney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He was sentenced to 40 years for the murder charge and 25 for the child abuse charge, but he will serve those sentences concurrently.

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