FATHER SENTENCED: Life In Prison For Infant Death

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An Ankeny father is going to prison for life to pay for the death of his infant daughter. Twenty-Two-year-old Ryan Trowbridge was sentenced Tuesday morning in Polk County Court.

He was convicted of first degree murder in the 2010 death of his 4-month-old daughter, Rylee.

Trowbridge claimed her death was an accident, but the medical examiner disagreed, ruling Rylee died from head injuries.

During Tuesday’s sentencing a victim’s advocate read a letter from the family. 

“It is not our wish that you spend the rest of your life in prison.  It never has been.  I know you loved your daughter.  That was never a question.  We just need to know the truth so that someday we might be able to heal.”

Trowbridge’s defense asked for a new trial, but the motion was denied. His attorney says they plan to file an appeal.