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Christopher Peters receives life in prison for death of 15 month old child

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Despite being found guilty, the defense stated that Peters believes that he is innocent in this case. Despite being found guilty, the defense stated that Peters believes that he is innocent in this case.
This ends a case that started back in November of last year, when Hayden Ridinger was found dead in his crib with broken ribs and other injuries. This ends a case that started back in November of last year, when Hayden Ridinger was found dead in his crib with broken ribs and other injuries.

Back last month, 27-year-old Christopher Peters was found guilty in the beating death of 15-month-old Hayden Ridinger. Peters was charged with aggravated murder, an unspecified felony, felonious assault and endangering children and faced the judge for his sentencing.  Despite being found guilty, the defense stated that Peters believes that he is innocent in this case.

"He understands that the court must impose a very serious penalty in this case, but he asks for the right to appeal to be preserved, and I believe that he will have the ability to challenge the evidence," said Bill Kluge, Defense Attorney.

The prosecution gave their final remarks as well as the state's recommendation for life in prison without parole.

"The victim suffered serious physical and psychological harm - the physical harm is such evident by the autopsy, and we can only imagine the psychological harm this poor little boy felt," said Eva Yarger, Van Wert County Prosecutor.

After all final statements were made, the judge was ready to announce his sentence to the courtroom.

"It’s hereby ordered that the defendant must serve the following term: life in prison without parole for Count One of aggravated murder, eight years in prison for Count Three of felonious assault, and eight years of prison for Count Four of endangering children," said Judge Martin Burchfield of the Van Wert Common Pleas Court.

This ends a case that started back in November of last year, when Hayden Ridinger was found dead in his crib with broken ribs and other injuries.

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