Whitesburg KY

Teen sentenced

A Whitesburg teen has been sentenced to seven years in a state penitentiary in the death of a fourmonth old baby in June 2014.

Special Letcher Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman on July 7 in Pike County sentenced Keaston Allen Taylor, 18, on the charge of second degree manslaughter. Taylor is being transferred today (Wednesday) from a juvenile facility in Adair County to the psychiatric unit at the state penitentiary in LaGrange.

In January, a Letcher County grand jury said Taylor “wantonly caused the death of Blayze Alexander Smith by throwing the infant off of and down an embankment where the severely injured and helpless infant died due to blunt force trauma of the head caused from the impact resulting from the actions of (Taylor) and/or from the submersion of the infant in mud and water after being thrown off of and down the embankment by (Taylor).”

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