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Killing of toddler gets man 65 years

January 1, 2019

The Albion man who killed a 21/2-year-old girl he was baby-sitting was ordered Monday to spend 65 years in prison.

Trevor L. Wert, 42, pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to murder in the death of Railee Ewing : a case Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman said was one of the most brutal investigators had seen.

Wert beat the girl to death after she woke him up by turning on a bathroom faucet, investigators said. He struck the toddler several times and kicked her, sending her crashing into a door frame, they said.

Railee had injuries consistent with physical and sexual abuse, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

Noble Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch sentenced him to 65 years in prison, the maximum penalty.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the outcome,” Blackman said after a one-hour sentencing hearing in which members of Railee’s family spoke in court.

The judge also was presented a photo of Railee at the hospital, showing her injuries, Blackman said.

Wert apologized to the girl’s family.

“Suffice it to say, it didn’t feel very heartfelt,” Blackman said.

Railee and other children went trick-or-treating with Wert on Oct. 31, according to court documents, and he returned with them to his home on Railroad Street. The girl died the next morning, after her mother called 911.

Wert was charged days later with killing her. He also had been charged with child molesting, but that was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Blackman told The Journal Gazette in December the decision to accept the plea was an easy one because Wert, who is on dialysis, will likely die in prison.

mleblanc@jg.net

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