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A 25-year-old Downey man pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder for fatally beating his 6-year-old godson the day after Christmas in 2019.

Tyler D’Shaun Martin Brand was sentenced in a Norwalk courtroom to 15 years to life in state prison after apologizing to the victim’s family, a prosecutor said.

Prosecutors said Brand had been caring for the boy for several days over the holiday break. Authorities identified the boy as Dayvon Taylor, who died shortly after 6 p.m. Dec. 26, 2019, at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.

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