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Man pleads guilty in infant's beating death

An Arlington man accused in the 2006 beating death of his 7-month-old daughter has pleaded guilty to injury to a child with a deadly weapon.

Quincy Ray Sloan, 30, originally charged with capital murder, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Prosecutor Alana Minton said that under the plea agreement, Sloan will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Rayana Sloan was taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital in June 2006 with a dislocated vertebra, a skull fracture, brain damage, cuts, bruises, and healed rib and leg fractures. She died two months later.

Quincy Sloan was arrested in July 2006 after authorities determined that the infant's injures were caused by abuse.

In police interviews, Sloan described several instances of how rough he had been with the Rayana. In one account, he bounced the baby on his knee so hard that he heard her leg break. He told police that he was too scared to take the girl to a hospital because Child Protective Services had just cleared him over a broken arm Rayana suffered when she was 5 days old.

What's next

Rayana's mother was indicted on two counts of injury to a child by omission by a Tarrant County grand jury in November 2006 for allegedly allowing her fiance to beat the 7-month-old. Investigators said that Mistie Martin knew something was wrong with Rayana but wanted to believe that her fiance loved the infant and would not hurt her, according to police records.

Martin's trial could begin as soon as next month. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.