|Man convicted in death of autistic daughter|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
SARASOTA — A southwest Florida man has been convicted in the death of his autistic daughter.
A Sarasota County jury found 37-year-old Kenneth Stoddard guilty Friday of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and tampering with evidence. He faces up to 65 years in prison at his Oct. 16 sentencing.
Authorities say 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard died of a lack of oxygen to the brain in December 2012.
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