Denver man sentenced to prison in death of girlfriend's 23-month-old son
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DeLonta Crank was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for the death of Javion Johnson in July 2015.

By Chuck Hickey, KDVR

DENVER (KDVR) -- A man has been sentenced to prison in the death of his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son four years ago, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

DeLonta Crank was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for the death of Javion Johnson in July 2015.

Crank, 41, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in late August.

According to the autopsy and an arrest warrant affidavit, the boy suffered burns on more than 15 percent of his body that were consistent with being placed in scalding water.

He also suffered contusions and abrasions to his face, hemorrhages in the muscle on the side of his head, liver and the inside of his mouth, and a contusion to his left kidney.

Crank and his girlfriend, Candice Lampley, were charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Lampley pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in October 2016.

According to records, Lampley told Denver police officers that Crank called her at work the day before Johnson’s death to say he had to “whoop the baby” because the toddler had a potty-training accident.

Crank was babysitting the toddler and his three siblings — ages 9, 7 and 6 — on July 7, 2015, according to the affidavit.

After the accident, the siblings said Crank put Johnson in a high chair and “repeatedly hit him in the head,” according to the affidavit.

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