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Spartanburg man sentenced after severely beating toddler

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A judge sentenced a Spartanburg man to 20 years in prison after the man admitted to physically abusing a 22-month-old baby girl.

Robert Lee Steadman Jr., 21, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse Tuesday, according to the solicitor's office.

On Oct. 6, 2013 investigators said Spartanburg Regional Medical Center workers found visible bruises to the baby's face, arms, legs and torso along with bite marks, a swollen mouth and fractures to an arm, wrist, and leg, which required surgery.

Deputies soon learned the injuries occurred at a Fairfax Street home where Robert Steadman and the child's mother lived.

According to the solicitor's office, Steadman told deputies he hurt the child when he attempted to pick her up by one arm and a leg. Steadman also said he pulled hair out of the child's head and pulled her leg because she would not stop crying. Steadman told deputies he needed help with anger issues and drug problems, according to the solicitor's office.

The victim was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and undergoes weekly counseling, the solicitor's office said.

During the Tuesday hearing, the solicitor's office said Steadman also pled guilty to an unrelated third-degree assault & battery charge from May 21, 2014. In that case, Steadman assaulted his wheelchair-bound great grandmother after she refused to give him money for cigarettes.

Steadman must serve 16 years is prison before he can be eligible for release.

Steadman was previously convicted for second-degree assault & battery.

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