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Couple found guilty in toddler's death

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Staten Stephenson (Source: WLEX) Staten Stephenson (Source: WLEX)
Jared Futrell (Source: WLEX) Jared Futrell (Source: WLEX)
Kayla Lord (Source: WLEX) Kayla Lord (Source: WLEX)

WAYNE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A young southern Kentucky couple was convicted in the death of their toddler.

Jurors in Monticello deliberated for five hours before returning the verdict Monday night against Kayla Lord and her boyfriend Jared Futrell.

Lord and Futrell were found guilty of wanton murder in the 2011 death of Lord's 17-month-old son Staten Stephenson.

The couple claimed they found the boy unresponsive and caused injuries to him in trying to get him to breathe.

The prosecution said the child was bruised head to toe and there was a pattern of abuse.

The jury recommended 20 year sentences for the defendants. Both are scheduled to be sentenced March 13.

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