Man convicted in connection to death of girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man has been convicted of felony child abuse and malicious wounding charges in connection to the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

Following a three-day trial, a jury found Robert Griffis guilty on two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of child neglect/abuse on Friday before recommending a sentence of 35 years in prison. 

Griffis, 26, was accused in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, Evalynn, who died on May 30, 2017, days after she was found unresponsive at a home on Lexington Street.

Griffis lived there with Evalynn’s mother Destiny Martin after moving to Norfolk from Jacksonville, Florida. The cause of Evalynn’s death was undetermined, according to officials. 

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Martin, 27, faces a child neglect charge in connection to her daughter’s death. Her trial date is set for August 29. Griffis will be formally sentenced on a later date, according to Amanda Howie with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. 


Correction: WAVY has previously reported Griffis was Destiny Martin’s husband and Evalynn’s stepfather. Griffis was Martin’s boyfriend. 

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