HARDIN – The Hardin man accused of beating his toddler to death in 2017 with an amount of force that the coroner likened to being hit in the abdomen by a linebacker running at full speed was sentenced Tuesday to a century in prison.
Dana Redding, 24, was sentenced in Big Horn County District Court to 100 years at the Montana State Prison with a parole restriction on the first 50 years.
Redding pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide for the murder of his 2-year-old daughter, Isabella.
The victim was beaten to death with a belt by Redding, who was experiencing some unexplained fit of rage.
Judge Blair Jones reminded a witness that the coroner found the victim suffered a beating with an extreme amount of force, comparable to a hit from a linebacker or an unrestrained passenger hitting the steering wheel during a stop after a high rate of speed.
The defense witness, a psychologist, testified that Redding’s mental capacity was nearly “disabled.”
Redding has a severe learning disability, according to the Dr. William Dee Woolston, and suffered abuse of his own as a child.
“Is it fair to say much Mr. Redding’s life has been punctuated by violence?” the defense attorney asked Woolston.
Redding’s grandmother testified that he is a great person who has always been willing to help those in need.
But the judge said any description of Redding as inept or kind was overshadowed by the heinous assault he carried out on his innocent daughter.
Prosecutors had requested a sentence of 50 years in prison, but the judge dramatically exceeded that request.
The victim’s mother, Kevannah Grace George, is also facing charges related to the murder.
Prosecutors believe she knew about the abuse leading up to the murder and failed to report it to police.
Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News
(APRIL 8, 2017) Dana Redding, Jr., the father of a 2-year old girl killed in Hardin, has been charged with her death.
Redding, 23 years old, was charged Friday with deliberate homicide, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon.
The child’s mother, Kevannah Grace George, has been charged with child criminal endangerment for allegedly knowing of the abuse and not reporting it to law enforcement, according to a press release.
According to charging documents, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday where medical staff were treating the child, who was brought in unresponsive.
Medical staff said the child, whose name has not been released, had a “massive amount of bruising covering her entire body” and an open wound on her head.
Medical staff attempted to revive the young girl, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital just after noon on Wednesday.
Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the girl’s residence and when they arrived Redding had already fled the home.
Deputies found Redding a short later and he was arrested; he is being held on outstanding Hardin City Courts warrants on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, no driver’s license, criminal trespassing, and obstructing a peace officer.
The mother of the child, Kevanna Grace Gorge, allowed deputies to search the trailer home where they found evidence of blood on the bed sheets and drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, an autopsy was performed on the toddler and revealed the girl died by either blunt force trauma or organ failure due to abusive physical contact.
Federal investigators interviewed the girl’s 3-year-old brother who told them “Daddy” hurt his sister. He later told investigators that a “tool” was used by “Daddy” to hurt his sister.
According to charging documents, Redding allegedly confessed that he had recently hit and beat the child.
According to the Department of Health & Human Services, Redding was released from Crow Tribal custody in December and has an “extensive history of child abuse and neglect.”
Bond is currently set for $1,000,000 for Redding Jr. who will appear in District Court on April 19.