Bloomington man sentenced to 30 years for murder of infant

Ryan Howard,25, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he caused the death of his child in 2011. (WJBC File Photo)

By Patrick Baron

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for an for infant’s death in 2011.

Ryan Howard, now 25, pleaded guilty in McLean County Court Thursday morning to the murder charges against him.

Howard was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2012 on the charge of aggravated battery of a child. Howard reportedly shook his child, which caused the infant to die of a traumatic brain injury about nine months later. Police said Howard injured the infant after he became angry with the child’s mother. By the time of the child’s death, Howard had already been sentenced.

The state dismissed the aggravated battery charges in 2016 and reopened the investigation, filing murder charges.

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