DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit father who inspired dozens of people to look for his missing 2-year-old daughter was sentenced to life in prison for her murder Monday while repeatedly insisting that she’s still alive.
D’Andre Lane claimed Bianca Jones was abducted during a carjacking a year ago, a tragic, emotional story that led police and volunteers to scour the city’s most depressed neighborhoods to look for her during the holiday season.
But investigators soon became skeptical and questioned Lane’s credibility. He was convicted of first-degree murder in October after prosecutors said the carjacking was a lie to cover up Bianca’s death. Authorities alleged that she was killed with a stick because she wet herself and wasn’t toilet-trained.
Bianca’s body has never been found.
“You controlled her dead body like a rag doll. … You figured that a city plagued with violence, understaffed by police — who would care? But you were wrong,” Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans said.
Lane, 33, repeatedly professed his innocence and blamed police for an incomplete investigation.
“I did not murder my child. I did not abuse my child. My child is alive,” he said.
The judge ejected him from court after he muttered that the case was full of lies.
“Vonda, you’re a liar,” Lane told Evans, calling her by her first name, as sheriff’s deputies escorted him past the bench.