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Iowa man accused of killing daughter testifies

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids man accused of killing his 17-month-old daughter says he wasn't concerned about bruising on the toddler because he thought it was normal.

The Gazette reports Zyriah Schlitter testified Tuesday in Linn County District Court that he did not suspect child abuse when he took Kamryn to the doctor in March 2010. He says he thought her bumps and bruises were normal for a child.

Schlitter faces first-degree murder and child endangerment charges in connection with Kamryn's death. Investigators say the girl suffered head injuries and had bruising on her neck, chin, underarms and chest.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled Wednesday.

Schlitter's former girlfriend, Amy Parmer of Hiawatha, faces the same charges. She has pleaded not guilty, and her trial is scheduled for January.

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