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Rockville daycare operator sentenced to 50 years in death of 6-month-old girl

Kia Divband, left (Montgomery County Police Department) Millie Lilliston (courtesy of family)

A Rockville man has been sentenced in the death of a 6-month-old girl who suffered fatal injuries while attending his home daycare.

Kia Divband, 37, was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday for first-degree child abuse resulting in death and other counts in connection with Millie Lilliston's 2016 death. He was convicted in September.

Authorities asserted that Divband first injured Millie that April at Little Dreamers Daycare in Rockville, but didn't notify her parents, and inflicted fatal injuries later that month. Prosecutors pointed to internet searches for "broken bones in children" and similar queries.

His attorneys argued that no one witnessed Divband inflicting injuries, and that there was no evidence he intended to cause harm.

His first trial ended in mistrial after jurors couldn't reach unanimous verdicts.

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