GREELEY, Colo. -- A jury in Weld County convicted a man of murder and child abuse Tuesday in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.
Prosecutors said John Melvin White, 34, was a methamphetamine user who inflicted injuries on Michael Lara Jr. while baby-sitting the boy.
White faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. He could receive another 48 years for the child abuse conviction.
According to the police report, White said the family's dog knocked the boy over and he hit his head.
But medical experts testified the boy had bruises to his back and both sides of his head, burns to his lips and neck caused by a hairdryer, and an injury to his penis.
It's a case the FOX31 Problem Solvers have followed because the toddler's father said child protection services didn't investigate a suspicious bruise on his son's chest.
The office of the Colorado Child Ombudsman has said Weld County should have investigated the father's referral, a finding Weld County said it disagrees with.