Dad Smirks As He Is Sentenced to 18 Years For Beating 2 Year Old Daughter To Death
Donovan Lamar Haynes has been sentenced to at least a minimum of 18 years and nine months in prison for fatally beating his 2-year-old daughter, Ti'Airra Woodward to make her a lesbian.
In 2011, little Ti'Airra Woodward was found unresponsive and covered in bite marks in her grandmother's basement. She was rushed to Hurley Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
Investigators reported that Haynes had beaten her to turn her gay so she would avoid men like him, who had a history of treating women badly.
The 23 year-old father, was sentenced in Flint, Michigan on Monday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the 2011 killing of Ti'Airra Woodward.
Elbert Hatchett, the attorney of the accused, called him 'deranged' before Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah sentenced him to serve a concurrent five-to-15-years in prison for first-degree child abuse.
'You don't beat her in hopes she's going to turn gay,' Farah said, adding that Haynes should have used his own experiences to teach his daughter how to deal with aggressive men.
'This case is a case that defies reason, logic, common sense,' Hatchett added. '[It's a] tragedy to see the life of an innocent child snuffed out for no reason at all.'
Daily Mail reported that, authorities initially said that it appeared Ti'Airra had died from a blunt force trauma to the abdomen and the medical examiner's report said the toddler died of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver.
After her death, Flint Police Chief George Sippert said she was the youngest homicide victim he could remember in 25 years with the department. 'It's extremely tragic and I know it affects a lot of members of the police department that are investigating this case,' he said.
Ti'Airra's mother, Nakeesha Woodward, left the court in tears on Monday, but returned to the courtroom in time to hear her former boyfriend's sentence.
'I lost a child,' she sobbed as she asked the judge for the strictest punishment.