A Butler County judge handed down the maximum sentence allowed to a man convicted in the death of his ex-girlfriend's daughter.

Justin Edwards was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for the 2012 death of 18-month-old Jayla Haag.

The girl's injuries included a broken jaw, missing teeth that had been forcibly removed, severe head injuries and multiple bruises. She also was malnourished and tested positive for methamphetamine.

Edwards pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and aggravated battery charges in Jayla's death.

Edwards was originally arrested in 2012, but charges against him were dropped. On Thursday, the judge gave him a total of 352 days of jail credit towards his sentence.

Haag's mother, Alyssa, also pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 2013. She could be released from prison as early as March 27, 2015.


Charges were re-filed today against Justin Edwards. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of an 18-month-old girl.

Jayla Haag died a week after she was taken to a hospital in March 2012. Doctors say she was covered in bruises, and she was missing six teeth. Edwards is the ex-boyfriend of Alyssa Haag, Jayla's mother.

Alyssa was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the case. Edwards was charged with first-degree murder once before, but those charges were dropped.