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For months, Trevor Swanson savagely beat his girlfriend’s 2-year-old, also blowing methamphetamine smoke in her face to mask the pain of her broken bones, in abuse that led to the girl’s death.

On Wednesday, Swanson, 27, was sentenced to life for what prosecutor Elliott Sattler called a “brutal murder.” Washoe District Judge Steven Elliott ruled that Swanson, who had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, will be eligible for parole in 10 years.

Trevor Swanson

Trevor Swanson

Tkeyah Jordan

Tkeyah Jordan

Nalaya’s mother, Tkeyah Jordan, was sentenced last month to four years in prison for allowing/and contributing to the abuse that led to the toddler’s death in November 2011. The 21-year-old blamed her drug addiction for ignoring the attacks, which her own parents who lived across the hall didn’t report, either, authorities said.

Nalaya — who died covered in bruises — suffered from damage to her brain, spinal cord, eyes and organs, Sattler said. He added that she had marijuana and methamphetamine in her system, too, related to the couple blowing drug smoke in her face to manage the girl’s pain from their abuse. Sattler said that was done in lieu of getting the girl medical attention, because they would have to explain the injuries.

Police said the girl’s crying aggravated Swanson, who lashed out against the child. Jordan said she went along with the abuse and struck the girl herself as a way to appease her boyfriend who was “heavy-handed.”

Bruce Lindsay, Swanson’s attorney, said “This is a methamphetamine case.” He added that a couple of months of “bad decisions” contributed to the killing.

“Meth use is not an excuse for criminal behavior, but an explanation for what people do,” Lindsay said. “Otherwise, this case seems truly horrific.”

But Sattler scoffed at Swanson’s meth “explanation” and said the girl’s killing was part of extended violence where a “small, defenseless child was savagely beaten over time.”

“This poor, 2-year-old child suffered a horrific life and a horrific death, but her life wasn’t all bad,” Sattler said. “She was a good girl, who was excited and fun to be around until the defendant came around. She changed because of the defendant.”

Nikki Reid, Swanson’s mother, said her family knew her son not as a meth addict, but rather as a boy who grew up playing baseball and hockey, and then raising his own son. The boy lives with his mother, Lindsay said.

“Sometimes good people do bad things,” Reid said, sobbing. “Trevor is a good boy who made some bad decisions. He is a good kid and a has a good heart who got messed up with things he shouldn’t have.”

But Jordan’s aunt, Laurie Young, told the judge she didn’t accept Swanson’s meth use as the root of the killing, either.

“What you did to her is beyond understanding,” she said to Swanson. “… Nalaya was beautiful. To think about you hurting her over and over during weeks of torment … no one has compassion for you. You took her life, and you weren’t thinking about her.

“Shame on him,” she said. “To blame a drug is unreasonable to me. It’s incomprehensible what he did.”

Swanson told the judge he was sorry.

“I apologize greatly for what happened,” he said. “I wish it were different. I’ll do everything I can to change my actions.”



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