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Man guilty of murdering toddler

WICHITA _ A jury today found DeWhite Cameron guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Damion Thomas.

Jurors also announced about 1:30 p.m. that they found Cameron guilty of aggravated battery for injuries to the toddler's identical twin brother.

Prosecutors will seek consecutive sentences for Cameron when he is sentenced on July 8, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Kim Parker. Cameron would have to serve 20 years before being eligible for parole, Parker said.

Testimony ended Thursday in the trial. Jurors deliberated about two hours on Thursday and about three hours today.

Cameron, 28, of Wichita, was the live-in boyfriend of the children's mother. The couple and the children lived in a home at 13th and Erie when Damion died in 2008 from what the coroner described as multiple blunt-force injuries.

The jury had some of the testimony read back to them earlier today.

That testimony dealt with Damion's injuries, the timing of the injuries or things that Damion's older brother said to neighbors or emergency or medical personnel the day Damion was found fatally injured, according to testimony.

Prosecutors said the twins were victims of severe child abuse.

Cameron's defense attorney, Lee McMaster, strongly suggested to jurors that the boys' mother, Shaneekwa Saunders, could be responsible. She has pleaded guilty to aggravated child endangerment.

Prosecutors said Cameron was the one who was alone with the children when emergency crews found them with fresh injuries.

Damion also had an unusually high number of scars and injuries in various stages of healing, medical experts testified.

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