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Posted on: December 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Jury convicts father in infant’s beating death

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, a jury convicted Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 32, of murder in the second degree for beating his 2-month-old daughter to death last year at his home in Dupont. Cowart is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in room 323 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.

“This was a sad and disturbing case that was vigorously and professionally handled by Deputy Prosecutors Scott Peters and Kara Sanchez,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On March 24, 2014, the victim’s mother went to work and left the infant in Cowart’s care. Later that day, Cowart called the mother and told her to come home because the girl was not breathing and was bleeding from her nose and mouth. He said he already called 911.

First responders arrived at the home and transported the victim to the hospital. According to doctors, the victim suffered skull, rib, arm and leg fractures. The infant died from her injuries approximately three weeks later.

Cowart told detectives he became irritated while caring for his daughter, but that he didn’t mean to hurt her.

Heather Songer
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
[email protected]

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