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Man gets life for fatally beating 2-year-old: he ‘tortured that poor little girl,’ prosecutor says

A Virginia man will die in prison after a judge sentenced him to two life terms for bludgeoning little Harper Mitchell and then refusing to get her medical care until it was too late.

A jury convicted Andrew Byrd, 37, in March of aggravated murder, aggravated malicious wounding and a slew of other charges for the slaying of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter in 2020. 

“This is the most serious crime of all the crimes we’ve got on our books,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak said, according to The Roanoke Times. “This defendant tortured that poor little girl.”

On April 16, Byrd was in his Roanoke home, about 200 miles west of Richmond, with Harper and her two siblings while the children’s mom, Amanda Mitchell, was at work. 

Amanda Mitchell has pending charges for child abuse, cruelty and drug possession. Byrd faces additional charges stemming from the alleged abuse of Mitchell’s boys. 

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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