A Waterloo man found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison. 35-year-old Chad Little was sentenced yesterday(Tues) in Black Hawk County court.
A jury convicted him in May of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing the death of Gracie Buss. Prosecutors say Little abused his girlfriend’s two children, and delivered a fatal head injury to Gracie in May 2015. Doctors testified that the girl had a series of old and new bruises all over her body and bleeding within her eye.
Gracie’s older brother told police that Little had struck him and the girl in the year before the girl’s death, when Little moved in to the children’s home.
Gracie’s mother, Kristi Buss, is awaiting trial on a child endangerment charge.