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Life for Upstate man in death of disabled girl

Oct 14, 2010 6:56:00 AM - thestate.com
A judge has sentenced a 33-year-old Spartanburg man to spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted of killing a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.

Prosecutors say a jury found Tony Tyre guilty of homicide by child abuse on Wednesday.

Authorities say Tyre killed Meah Weidner by violently shaking her and dropping her on her head while taking care of her in July 2009.

Investigators say Weidner was in a wheelchair and was only able to smile, laugh or cry.

Tyre testified on his own behalf and said he never harmed the girl.