HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who viciously abused a 2-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports 23-year-old Brenton William Reid pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse Monday. Prosecutors say the child suffered 18 external injures to her face, head and body, among other internal injuries that required surgery resulting from the June 10 attack. They say a doctor declared the injuries intentional.

Judge Mark K. Boyer says 15 years is the maximum possible sentence and Reid "earned every minute of it."

Co-defendant Jennifer Buckler was working when the child was assaulted but also admitted to hitting the girl prior to the attack. She pleaded guilty to second-degree assault last year and is set to be sentenced next week, Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Mollett-Gaumer said.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com