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Pennning to serve 23 years in death of 19-month-old

Elkhartan did not apper in court on Thursday, May 2.
Associated Press
Posted on May. 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May. 3, 2013 at 3:31 p.m.

GOSHEN — A northern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to felony neglect of a dependent and felony obstruction of justice has been sentenced to 23 years in prison even though he didn’t show for the sentencing.

Daniel Pennington of Elkhart was not in court Thursday.

Police say 19-month-old Mariah Gibson was killed two years ago when she fell from a car driven by Pennington. The girl’s mother, Mande Turner-Berger, who also was Pennington’s girlfriend, was the front seat passenger.

Turner-Berger initially told police her daughter had been struck by a car in a hit-and-run crash. Investigators determined that Turner-Berger had misled police. She later pleaded guilty to felony charges of neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice.

Turner-Berger was sentenced to five years in prison.

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