A Roseville man arrested after a police investigation into the 2012 death of his 2-year-old granddaughter led to the discovery of child pornography on his computer, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Daniel Harrison McGrath, 60, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. McGrath had pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
More than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography were found on McGrath’s computer and on multiple CDs that he had created.
The child pornography was discovered by police during an investigation into the death of McGrath’s granddaughter, McKinley Wilder. The 2-year-old’s body was found in McGrath’s Rosevile home April 4, 2012. Denise Marie McGrath Wilder, the child’s mother and McGrath’s daughter, was charged with cruelty to a child and neglect in connection with the youngster’s death.
McGrath was out of town when the child was found dead at the home. Police said Wilder and had been the only adult present with McKinley and a 5-year-old daughter over the previous two days.
According to federal court documents, during an audio and videotaped interview about McKinley’s death, law enforcement officers told McGrath that a search warrant would be executed and that his computers would be taken as part of the investigation. McGrath told authorities that he had “sensitive” information on the computers and then admitted that he had files of child pornography on them.
Wilder pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child abuse and one count of neglect resulting in the death of a child. She was sentenced in December 2013 to 10 years and four months in prison.
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