Kansas Man Denies Killing Toddler

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Sedgwick County jury is expected to begin
deliberating Monday in a murder case in which a man admitted
placing an 18-month old girl alone near a street _ but he swears he
didn't kill her.

Jonell Lloyd is charged with first-degree murder for the death
of Chavira Brown, whose body was found in an attic last summer in
Lloyd's Wichita home. She was found in two trash bags zipped inside
a sofa cushion, and had bruises across her face.

The 24-year-old testified last week that he placed the girl
outside near the street so he could clean up after his nearly dozen
pit bulls, which had urinated and defecated on the floor. He said
it was to protect the toddler from the dogs.

Lloyd fled and was found three days after Chavira's body was

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