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Marcus Smiley appealed his convictions and sentences for malice murder, aggravated battery, and first degree cruelty to children, all in connection with the death of three-month-old Mia Williams and injuries to seven-month-old Tyre Mears. Smiley challenged the sufficiency of the evidence presented against him. The Supreme Court found that the evidence presented authorized the jury to find Smiley guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of each of the crimes of which he was found guilty. However, the Court found that aggravated battery committed against Mia merged into the malice murder of Mia. Therefore, the conviction and sentence entered on the aggravated battery of Mia had to be vacated.