The little 10 year old girl suffered from cerebral palsy and was blind and partially paralyzed, relying on a wheelchair. Her fathers girlfriend decided to give her a bath in April of 2007, and placed her into a scalding tub of water, which left her with burns so sever she later died but not before suffering for 8 days while neither the girlfriend, LaShawn Brown or the child's father Shawn Lockett Sr attempted to get her any medical attention.
He's looking at 40 years, which sounds about right. The girlfriend however took a deal, and for some strange reason got a much better outlook for her future plans of freedom:
Brown pleaded guilty to third-degree murder last month in exchange for a seven- to 14-year term. She "has at least expressed some responsibility in this girl's death," prosecutor Sean McCormack said Thursday.
At least some responsibility? That's the best they can come up with? Who the living hell puts a child into a scalding tub of water and then calls it an accident- and refuses to take her to medical professionals??? That's no freaking accident. That's a woman who knew just what the hell she was doing, and now will be free in 7 to 14 short years.
Although Lockett had told police he saw his daughter's skin peeling off, he told the jurors that he had not seen peeling skin and that the burn looked like a sunburn. He said that he was working two jobs at the time and that the wounds were bandaged when he saw her.
Prosecutors acknowledged the injury was accidental but said the couple's failure to seek prompt medical attention amounted to murder.
The girl, who used a wheelchair and could not feed herself, "needed these people 100 percent," McCormack said.
If she couldn't feed herself, it's unlikely she could have bathed herself either. So- I really wonder what sort of burns Brown 'accidentally' got while attempting to wash the child.
It seems to me that the person responsible for hurting the child should be held just as accountable as the person who failed to help the child- after all, Brown caused this, and could have taken it upon herself to ensure that the child was given medical attention by a trained professional- but didn't.