Man found guilty in beating death of 3-year-old girl

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David Lake / Colorado Springs Police Department

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man is facing life in prison after he was convicted of beating a 3-year-old girl to death in 2017, according to prosecutors.

David Lake was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder of a victim under 12 by one in a position of trust. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lake was convicted in the death of 3-year-old Bella Ritch. First responders found Bella unresponsive at a home in the area of Academy Boulevard and Airport Road in October 2017. She was taken to the hospital, where she died. An autopsy determined she died of blunt-force injuries.

Police at the time said Lake was in a relationship with Bella’s mother at the time of Bella’s death.

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