By Julie Grant

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man accused of killing his 5-week-old daughter has been found guilty of third-degree murder.

Closing arguments were heard this morning in the trial of 29-year-old Lincoln Levys. The jury deliberated for about three hours before coming to a decision.

In addition to being found guilty of killing his infant daughter Saige, Levys was found guilty of child abuse involving two other kids. He was found not guilty of one count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury pertaining to his son.

Before closing arguments began, the defense made a motion for a mistrial.  Judge Joseph Williams denied the motion but commended Assistant Public Defenders Chris Patarini and Heath Leff for doing an admirable job defending Levys in his absence.  The judge said closure must be brought to this case and “extremes are the best test of character.”

On Friday, jurors saw autopsy photos of 5-week-old Saige Levys. They also heard part of the 911 call made by the child’s mother, Sheena Alston.

Alston is also being prosecuted for knowing about the ongoing abuse and tolerating it.  Alston has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of her children and is awaiting sentencing.  The District Attorney’s Office has not made any plea agreements with her in exchange for her testimony and will not ask for any leniency in her sentencing.

An expert in forensic pathologist, who performed the autopsy on the baby, testified Saige died because of abusive trauma to her head, trunk and extremities, and pneumonia also contributed to her death. Also, at the time of her death, the infant had two broken bones and abrasions on her face and body.

Levys has refused to participate in his trial. He will be sentenced within 90 days.

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