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Former Islander Found Guilty in Death of Ex-girlfriend’s Daughter

Deangelis originally was charged with first- and second-degree murder in 2010. He told police that the baby accidentally hit her head on a coffee table while he was changing her diaper.

Photo: Grosse Ile High School Yearbook
Photo: Grosse Ile High School Yearbook

A jury found former Grosse Ile resident Devin Deangelis guilty on Wednesday of killing his ex-girlfriend’s 7-week-old daughter, a newspaper reported today.

Deangelis, 26, of Brownstown Township, was found guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in the death of Isabella Marie Hayes, The News-Herald said.

Child abuse in the second degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years. Manslaughter carries a penalty of 1 to 15 years in prison, depending on the decision of the judge. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 2.

Deangelis originally was charged with first- and second-degree murder charges in 2010. He told police that the baby accidentally hit her head on a coffee table while he was changing her diaper. Officials say he changed his story repeatedly.

The baby was rushed to a hospital where she was diagnosed with brain damage from a skull fracture and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome.

She died a week later.

A video-recorded interview played in court showed Deangelis give several different accounts of how the baby’s head was injured, the paper said.

According to police, Deangelis waited six hours before notifying anyone of the baby's injury, the paper said.  

Isabella was born with a severe heart condition and had been hospitalized since birth.

The preliminary examination was held August 2010 at 33rd District Court in Woodhaven, Mich. 

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