DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A jury found a Volusia County man guilty of raping a 9-month-old baby.
Man accused of raping baby testifies: I was abused too
Edwin Wren, 20, took the stand on Thursday claiming he heard voices telling him to hurt the baby, while babysitting the infant at a home near New Smyrna Beach in 2011.
"I was sitting on the couch about to watch a movie and I heard a voice in my head telling me to do something to her," Wren said.
Wren said he blacked out. His attorney claims he was insane at the time of the crime.
However, prosecutors said Wren took steps to hide the crime and get an alibi. A doctor who examined Wren testified he's not insane.
The state introduced a letter Wren wrote to the mother's former boyfriend, while Wren was in jail. In it, he admits what happened.
"Please promise that you will help me out with this, bro. I'm counting on you, bro. I would never do something like that in my right mind. You have to trust me, bro," Wren wrote in the letter.
The baby underwent surgery for trauma to her body.
Wren was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole and is declared a sexual predator.