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Jurors find father guilty in toddler's scalding death

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A Tarrant County jury deliberated for about an hour before finding a 27-year-old man guilty in the felony murder of his 2-year-old daughter.

Charles Delona Bellamy II could get life in prison for the March 2011 death of Jazmine Howard.

Prosecutors say Bellamy held the child in a scalding tub of water as punishment for wetting her pants. Bellamy claimed he put the baby in the water, but then passed out drunk. When he awoke, he says he discovered the girl dead.

Bellamy then picked up his girlfriend, the child's mother, from work and told her Jazmine was at the hospital. The mother says her baby's body was actually in the trunk of the car.

Witnesses during the trial testified that Jazmine had immersion burns on her legs, and showed signs of a struggle. Bellamy testified the child had soiled herself before and he never lost his temper.

The punishment phase will be next in the trial.

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