The Hagerstown, Maryland, mother whose boyfriend beat her 9-year-old son to death for eating birthday cake without permission was sentenced to 25 years Friday morning.
Oriana Garcia, 28, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree child abuse in February. In exchange, several charges—including second-degree murder—were taken off the table, according to WHAG.
As Crime Online reported, Jacob Barajas, 25, handcuffed his nephew, Jack Garcia, to a chair before Robert Leroy Wilson, 32, struck him in the abdomen as he begged for his life. The 9-year-old went without treatment for four hours, with Oriana sending away an ambulance as her son was dying. Though Wilson called an ambulance, the boy never regained consciousness.
Jack succumbed to his injuries on July 5, 2015, six days following the unthinkable attack.
“A mother’s duty, first and foremost, is to take care of her children,” a duty she didn’t live up to, Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. told Oriana, according to Herald-Mail Media.
Though Oriana wasn’t home during the beating, during sentencing it was established that she was aware of constant abuse prior to the fatal incident. Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Mollett-Gaumer claimed the 9-year-old’s intracranial bleeding, bruising along his body, and bruised liver all weren’t all sustained in the final beating.
Oriana is the last of the trio to be sentenced: Wilson was sentenced to 30 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge exactly one year before Oriana; Barajas was sentenced to 10 years for first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury last year.
Oriana’s 25-year sentence exceeded the 20-year recommendation brought forth by the prosecution, Herald-Mail Media pointed out.
Long concluded, “You never called for help. I’m sorry that you have to live with this for the rest of your life…but maybe some other child might be saved by a mother standing up to her responsibilities.”
[Featured Image: Hagerstown Police Department]