An Edwardsville man is going to be sentenced for murder after shaking his infant daughter, leaving her with major brain damage before her death. A judge recently found Torrance "Tyrone" Rogers guilty of murder after Rogers had pleaded guilty to battery in 1999. He shook his then ten-week-old daughter, Taylor Pinkas, causing her to lose her sight and hearing and to acquire cerebral palsy.
She had seizures and other health problems during life, and died of pneumonia in 2009 at the age of 9, after which Rogers was charged with first-degree murder. Authorities say in 1999, Rogers shook the child because she was crying. Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli presided over the bench trial last week. A pre-sentencing hearing will be scheduled before the judge issues a sentence in the case.