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Ex-sailor given 21 years in prison in death of child

February 7, 2012 |  3:21 pm

A former sailor was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of felony child abuse in the death of his 3-month-old stepdaughter.

The sailor's wife and a caregiver have also pleaded guilty to child abuse and are awaiting sentencing in San Diego County Superior Court.

Steven Davinger, 29, was on active duty as a 3rd-class petty officer when the child, Aziya, died in 2009. His wife, Sara, 23, was also in the Navy. Both have since left the service, officials said.

The child suffered broken ribs, a broken arm and broken leg and died of infections related to the abuse, according to the county medical examiner.

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