CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Colorado father has been found guilty of fatal child abuse and several other charges in the disappearance and presumed death of his young daughter.
The abuse charge was the most serious of 57 that Aaron Thompson, of Aurora, faced in the 2005 disappearance of his daughter Aarone (AIR'-uh-nay).
Jurors convicted Thompson on Monday of 31 of the charges after a six-week trial.
Thompson also was convicted of conspiracy to knowingly commit fatal child abuse. He faces up to 80 years in prison for the two abuse convictions alone.
He was acquitted of some charges, including second-degree assault and second-degree assault involving a deadly weapon.
Thompson reported his daughter missing in November 2005. He said she ran away after an argument.
But authorities believe she may have died about two years earlier. Her body has not been found.