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Valrico man sentenced to 10 years in children's heat-related deaths

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TAMPA — A Valrico father whose two children died from heat exposure was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for aggravated manslaughter.

Michael Jon Ervin Jr., 29, was arrested in August 2009 after the deaths of his daughter, 18-month-old Zionna, and son, 5-month-old Kaden.

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said Ervin showed up at Brandon Regional Hospital on Aug. 13, 2009, with the children, whose hearts had stopped. They each had body temperatures over 105 degrees. Both babies died at the hospital that day.

Deputies said Ervin had called the children's mother, Enidlin Warren, that day, telling her the children got sick while he was driving in Seffner. A witness later reported that Ervin had smoked marijuana.

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