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November 24, 2013

Hearing scheduled in child abuse case

GREENVILLE — A Quinlan man is appealing his conviction and prison sentence for severely injuring a 2 year-old girl in December 2011.

In February, a jury in the 196th District Court found Trevor Scott Copeland guilty of the charge of injury to a child by an act causing serious bodily injury and then sentenced to him to 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana intends to receive briefs in Copeland’s case Tuesday.

Copeland  was facing a sentence of up to life in prison.

The second defendant charged in the case, Erin Elizabeth Saari of West Tawakoni, the victim’s mother, gave up custody of the child and entered a plea of guilty to a charge of injury to a child, recklessly causing injury. Saari was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Saari and Copeland were arrested on Dec. 14, 2011. Investigators with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office became involved with the case after receiving a Dec. 7, 2011 call from the Hunt Regional Medical Center.

The child’s injuries were initially reported as being received after falling out of a first floor residential window although Sheriff Randy Meeks said upon initial observations, the child was found to have bruising to her forehead, both sides of the head, the neck, chest, abdomen, both arms and both legs.

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