A thirty-seven-year-old man from Eel River Bar, N.B., has been found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the death of two-year-old.

James Paul Turpin was charged on June 3, 2015, and has been in custody since that time.

Kennedy Corrigan died as a result of a massive brain injury on April 9, 2004. Kennedy was in Turpin's care in Central Blissville at the time she was injured and she died from her injuries a few days later.

Kennedy Corrigan/Court Exhibit

The verdict of second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence, with no eligibility of parole for at least 10 years. James Turpin is scheduled to appear in Fredericton Court of Queen's Bench on August 3, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., for a bail eligibility hearing.

RCMP investigators were able to lay the charge of second degree murder due to a lengthy investigation that had been on-going since 2004.