Monday, August 5, 2013

Primary "caretaker" dad gets 32 years for murder of 14-month-old daughter (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

I have no doubts that women can do an outstanding job serving in the military. I do have doubts as to whether young thugish fathers can do the job on the home front.

The killer daddy is identified as MARCUS DEWAYNE BRANTLEY.

Virginia Beach father gets 32 years for baby's death
By Elisabeth Hulette
The Virginian-Pilot
August 5, 2013


Marcus Dewayne Brantley will serve 32 years in prison for the death of his 14-month-old daughter, a Circuit Court judge decided today.

Brantley pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder and child endangerment. The defense asked for 15 years, but Judge Glenn R. Croshaw issued the maximum number — 45 years — and suspended 13.

Melanie Brantley died nearly a year ago. At the time, Brantley said she had fallen and injured herself, but child abuse experts determined she had been beaten.

Her mother was deployed with the Navy when it happened.