DETROIT — A Detroit father who prosecutors say faked a carjacking to cover up the slaying of his 2-year-old daughter was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder and child abuse.
D’Andre Lane sat silent as the Wayne County Circuit Court jury foreman read the verdicts on both charges. Lane, 32, faces life in prison when sentenced on Nov. 16.
“This has been a very long and very emotional case for everyone involved,” Judge Vonda Evans told the court.
Lane told police that his daughter, Bianca Jones, was in the back seat of his car in Detroit’s North End neighborhood on Dec. 2 when the vehicle was taken at gunpoint. The car was found less than an hour later, but the girl was no longer inside.Bianca’s body has never been found.
“Nothing is gonna bring her back,” said assistant prosecutor Qiana Lillard. “We’re just gonna respect the jury’s decision, and we’re glad they did the right thing.”
Prosecutors argued during the trial that Lane beat his daughter to death using a stick wrapped in a towel, disposed of her body, then faked the carjacking to cover up the murder.