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Madison County man found guilty on 'all counts' in murder of girlfriend's 18-month-old son

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 15:21:11-04

ANDERSON — A Madison County man was found guilty on all counts in connection with the murder of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son in 2018.

The jury on Friday convicted Dylan Tate of murder, neglect, child molestation and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

PHOTOS | Baby Harlan Haines

Harlan Haines died in February 2018 after being in a car crash with Tate. Tate told police that he was trying to rush Haines to the hospital because he had quit breathing.

Court documents described how doctors found paper towels were found stuffed down the toddler's windpipe. Those injuries were severe and included multiple bruises, cuts and other injuries that doctors believe had nothing to do with the car crash. The coroner's report described graphic injuries to Haines' neck, chest and private areas.

READ | Doctors detail horrific injuries to Anderson toddler before his death

Tate's trial began June 6 in Madison Circuit Court. He was found guilty on all counts by the jury on June 14.

He faces life without parole. A sentencing date has not been set.

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Harlan's mother, Jennifer Harris, is also facing charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Her trial was originally set to begin on June 4, but was canceled and a new trial date has not yet been set.