Utah man sent to prison for smothering step-child ( Hailey Byrne )

Ogden • If only Robert Abbott had read his 2-year-old step-daughter a book to stop her crying that September night in 2011.

She would be 5 years old now, Deputy Weber County Attorney Benjamin Willoughby told a judge on Wednesday.

She would be getting ready to go to preschool. But instead of trying to calm the child by reading a story, or some other method, Willoughby said Abbott held a pillow over Hailey May Byrne’s face. The girl suffocated and died on Sept. 8, 2011.

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