Evans Father Sentenced to 22 years for Infant Daughter’s Death
An Evans man was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Monday for killing his infant daughter in 2016.
Edward Berdan, 33, had been convicted in January by a jury on one count of felony child abuse knowingly or recklessly causing death. The jury deliberated for about eight hours.
Weld District Judge Julie Hoskins handed out the sentencing Monday in a Greeley courtroom, according to a Weld County District Attorney's Office press release. He faced 16-48 years in prison for the crime.
Berdan's wife had returned home on January 20, 2016 to find their three-month-old daughter Alexis unresponsive — she had been under Edward's care that day.
Alexis was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies before being flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Doctors reported Alexis suffered from 10 broken ribs, a severe brain injury, bleeding in her brain and complex retinal hemorrhaging.
Alexis died from her injuries on Jan. 28, 2016 after eight days at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
“Alexis Berdan was one of the most vulnerable members of our society – she was three months old when she was killed by her biological father,” Weld Deputy District Attorney Arynn Clark said in the press release. “She suffered a tremendous cost involving betrayal, pain and death. Edward Berdan deserves no discount; the price must be paid in full.”