Friday, December 11, 2009

"Caretaking" dad convicted in fatal beating of 2-year-old daughter (Atlanta, Georgia)

It's the usual nauseating story. Daddy has a criminal background (on parole for burglary, and thus basically unemployable), so that just makes him the "perfect candidate" for caretaker of his 2-year-old daughter, since Mom has to work and all.

So here's the utterly predictable result: not even THREE HOURS after mom leaves the house, the little girl has suffered a blunt force trauma to the abdomen--a trauma strong enough to fill her diaper with blood and leave her in a pool of vomit. Dad hesitates from calling 911 because he had an OUTSTANDING WARRANT FOR VIOLATING HIS PROBATION. Basically this sh** let this baby bleed to death so he wouldn't go to jail. So now this @$$wipe is going to prison for life. Serves him right.

Please, please. Can we get this straight? Dads with criminal backgrounds do not make good babysitters. Or caretakers. And they're not good candidates for custody/visitation either.

Father gets life for fatally beating 2-year-old daughter
By Marcus K. Garner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An Atlanta man was convicted of murder Thursday for the 2005 death of his 2-year-old daughter.

Miguel Padilla was sentenced to life in prison for beating Artearia Love to death on Sept. 23, 2005, using "blunt force trauma," court officials said.

Padilla, 32, failed to immediately report the toddler's injuries for fear he would be arrested on unrelated charges, authorities said.

The little girl's mother left her with Padilla and went to work. Around three hours after the mother was gone, Padilla came out of his home and told a neighbor that Artearia had "blood in her diaper" and was "holding her stomach."

When the neighbor urged him to call 9-1-1, court officials said Padilla hesitated because he had an outstanding warrant for violating his probation.

Eventually, Padilla went back into the house to check on the little girl anf found her lying in a pool of vomit, her body cold.

According to testimony from the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the toddler bled to death after suffering a blow to her stomach comparable to the impact from a car accident, Fulton District Attorney's office spokeswoman Yvette Brown said.

Padilla was on parole for burglary at the time of Artearia's death, authorities said.