A man convicted of killing a 1-year-old boy whom he had interest in adopting was sentenced to 22 to 24 years in prison.
In court Monday, a visibly disturbed judge called the death "exceedingly tragic."
Investigators said Joleet Poole killed Davion Winrow one week after Health and Human Services put the child in Poole's care.
Investigators said the boy was slammed to the floor. Winrow suffered a massive skull fracture and died, officially, from blunt force trauma to the head.
The boy, who lived with foster parents, had gone to live with Poole shortly before his death. Winrow had been born addicted to cocaine and was a ward of the state.
Poole sought to adopt the boy and then won custody.
HHS officials cited state laws to avoid explaining why the agency allowed Poole, who had a history of violent behavior and no parental experience, to win custody of the boy.
Douglas County District Judge Mark Ashford said Monday he was not able to understand that decision.