Daycare operator convicted in baby’s death

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ROCKVILLE, MD. -- A Rockville, Md. daycare operator has been convicted on child abuse charges related to the death of a six-month-old baby that was in his care.

Kia Divband, 37, was convicted by a jury on two counts of child abuse but acquitted on a second-degree murder charge related to April 19, 2016 case.

Prosecutors said the victim, six-month-old Miller "Millie" Lilliston, was in Divband's care at the daycare he ran out of his Rockville home. He told police that around 10:30 a.m. on the morning in question, Lilliston began choking while drinking a bottle of milk and soon became unresponsive.

She would die three days later.

But an autopsy revealed Lilliston suffered from multiple blunt force injuries, including rib and leg fractures, that were not consistent with Divband's choking story and ruled her death a homicide.

This was prosecutors' second attempt at convicting Divband as the first trial was declared a mistrial when jurors could not come to a unanimous decision.

Divand faces up to 65 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 1.

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