A Palmdale, California, couple was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the beating death of the woman’s toddler son.
A judge sentenced Brandon Jerel Williams, 27, to 25 years to life after being convicted of first-degree murder, torture, and assault on a child causing death. The victim’s mother, Rosie Lee Wilson, 23, was sentenced to 15 years to life on a second-degree murder charge, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Their sentencing comes three years after the fatal beating of Anthony Wilson. KABC reported that Williams bashed the 23-month-old in the head five times on August 21, 2014. The child died from his injuries on October 5, 2014.
Rosie Lee Wilson of Palmdale was sentenced today to 15 years to life in prison, and her live-in boyfriend Brandon Jerel…
The unthinkable abuse occurred while Rosie left Anthony with her boyfriend. However, prosecutors said she used makeup to conceal “massive” bruising on her son’s body, including on his head and groin. She also didn’t take him to the hospital until the following afternoon, they also alleged.
The child was hospitalized in a vegetative state for the weeks leading up to his death. Coroner reports determined that Anthony sustained broken arms and ribs in addition to other serious injuries.
Months before the fatal beating, the woman’s boyfriend had struck the child in the head several times and screamed at him.
Authorities said Rosie never sought medical attention for Anthony. The mother of two once found her son limping after Williams watched him. Despite this, she allowed her boyfriend to continue babysitting the toddler, according to KTLA.
Rosie said her mother is caring for her 6-year-old daughter. She maintained that Anthony’s senseless death wasn’t entirely her fault.
“I suffer every day for my loss, and even if people don’t want to be there for me or care about me, I care about my kids,” the 22-year-old tearfully said in court. “And I hope to God I get out to be with my daughter because she needs her mother.”
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