Detroid dad D’Andre Lane was sentenced to life in prison Monday for murdering his 2-year-old daughter, Bianca Jones.
Lane set off a massive search for Bianca after telling authorities that she had been kidnapped during a carjacking. He maintained that story during his sentencing Monday in a Wayne County courtroom. Bianca’s body has never been found.
"My daughter is alive. She's missing, she will be found," the Detroit dad told Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans before the judge sentenced him to life in prison, the Detroit News reported."It's easy to point the finger at me. We will correct every wrong that's taken place in this system."
Prosecutors contended Lane, 33, paddled his two-year-old daughter to death over a bed-wetting incident and disposed of her body in an incinerator. The Detroit dad was convicted in October of the murder.
In addressing the court, Lane disputed the verdict and slammed the prosecutors’ case.
"You have yet to bring any evidence forth that says my daughter is dead. You have yet to bring any evidence forth that says I abused by child," Lane said, according to WJBK.
Bianca’s mother, Banika Jones, supported Lane, saying he wasn’t an abusive father. She also said she believed her daughter is alive, WJBK reported.
"They've given me no proof whatsoever of my daughter's demise. They've been able to demonstrate in no way, shape or form or fashion that she was hurt, harmed or injured. All they have is she was sleeping and she didn't move," she told the Detroit television station.
The Detroit dad also lashed out at Evans, calling her a liar.
But the Wayne County judge got the last word, and rebuked Lane for concocting a story about his daughter in giving the father life in prison.
"This lie that you concocted because you were not man enough to face up to what you had done. You disciplined that child, you tortured that child, and you should be ashamed of yourself," Evans said.
The judge also said Lane was a controlling man and used “sex, manipulation, mental abuse and excessive discipline” to exert his control over people in his life, the Detroit News reported.
"It was your way or the highway," she said. "That poor child — your child, Mr. Lane — you destroyed mentally and ultimately physically … you will now pay with your own life,” Evans said.
Terry L. Johnson, the Detroit dad’s attorney, blamed his client being upset and emotional at the sentence for lashing out at the judge.
"It was out of character. … He was just sentenced to life in prison," the attorney told the Detroit News.
Lane’s sentencing was handed down just after the anniversary of his daughter’s death. Bianca was murdered on Dec. 2, 2011.