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Crown Point man sentenced for murder

Varmette, 22, of Crown Point was found guilty of murdering the 3-year-old child of his girlfriend in January. He was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in the beating death of McKay. Varmette was also found guilty of endangering the welfare of child. Varmette was sentenced in Essex County court March 12. The toddler died Aug. 4, 2005, of multiple blunt force trauma. He had been rushed to the hospital late on Aug. 2 after Varmette baby sat that afternoon and evening while Stephens mother, Janina McDonald, was at work. Two forensic investigators, three medical doctors, including two specialists in pediatric trauma, and the chief medical examiner from Vermont testified at the trial to the nature of blood-stained walls and the childs internal injuries. They showed photographs taken in the emergency room, during surgery and at autopsy that chronicled bleeding inside the childs brain and abdomen and bruising on his back, penis and scrotum. The chief surgeon said violent blunt force trauma severed McKays pancreas. He said the injury happened 12 to 18 hours before surgery. The time frame fit the hours the child was alone with Varmette. Special Prosecutor Kate Hogan presented the case. Public Defender Livingston Hatch, representing Varmette, tried to raise reasonable doubt on expert witness testimony in his summary statements. He claimed the childs injuries were the result of a traffic accident a week before his death and falls around the house.

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