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Man Convicted of Beating Girlfriend's Toddler to Death in Corona

By Katie Honan | October 4, 2013 1:43pm
 Shannon faces 25 years to life in prison.
Shannon faces 25 years to life in prison.
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CORONA — A Brooklyn man was convicted Friday of murdering his girlfriend’s toddler daughter at her Queens home three years ago, the district attorney said.

Allen Shannon, 31, of East New York, beat 19-month-old Anniyah Levant, leaving her with a broken jaw, a lacerated liver and spleen and other injuries, according to DA Richard Brown.

His girlfriend, Candice Jones, who was then 22, left the baby with Shannon as she went to work on March 24, 2010, according to trial testimony.

When Jones returned to her Corona apartment, she found her daughter in a “deteriorating condition” and brought her to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, where she later died, the DA said.

The Medical Examiner’s Officer said the infant “suffered fractures and internal injuries, including brain injury, a broken jaw, broken ribs, a lacerated liver and spleen, bruising on her face and internal abdominal bleeding,” according to the DA’s office.

Shannon tried to cover-up the crime by asking a friend to tell the police he wasn’t at the Corona apartment, telling the friend he hit Jones and the baby fell, the DA said.

“His actions were incomprehensible and, under the circumstances, his conviction warrants the imposition of a lengthy prison term to punish him and protect society,” Brown said.

He will be sentenced in November, and faces 25 years to life in prison.