David Vickers has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole in the death of 16-month-old Luca Scholey on Aug. 21, 2017.
Vickers was found guilty of second-degree murder and neglect of a child with great bodily harm in the death of the child.
Vickers was babysitting Luca and his sister for their mother, Melissa Scholey, when he called EMS to report the boy was not breathing. The child was flown to All Children’s Hospital where he died.
According to the Holmes Beach police report, Vickers said Luca had run into his sister while playing, but an autopsy showed signs of physical abuse, including broken ribs in stages of healing.