A Detroit father who prosecutors say faked a carjacking to cover up the slaying of his 2-year-old daughter faces sentencing today for first-degree murder and child abuse.
A jury convicted 32-year-old D'Andre Lane on Oct. 12. The law requires Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans to sentence him to life in prison without possibility of parole on the murder charge.
Lane told police that daughter Bianca Jones was in the back seat of his car in Detroit's North End neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2011, 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.
8-year-old testifies during trial
Lane’s 8-year-old daughter, Il’Andra, testified about the morning she and her sisters, Bianca, were driven to school by their father. She said Bianca was carried out in her car seat by her father and put in the back seat with her. She said she couldn’t see Bianca because “there was a cover on her face.”
Prosecutors have alleged that the 2-year-old was already dead when she was put into the car.
Bianca's mother testifies
--Bianca Jones' mother, Banika Jones.
Banika Jones, Bianca's mother, testified that when she had found out she was pregnant, she and Lane planned to get an abortion. But they didn't go through with it. Banika Jones said she never had any concerns about Lane taking care of their daughter and that he had even volunteered to watch her instead of having her go to daycare. The mother said her daughter spend lots of time with her father, but hadn't ever spent the night until Nov. 28, 2011 -- that's when she dropped the girl off for a visit that would last a couple of days.
"I would do anything to have my daughter home," Banika Jones said.