Sunday, August 16, 2015

Step gets life sentence for starvation-beating death of 10-year-old son; custodial dad to be sentenced (Hernando, Mississippi)

We've posted on this case before. The custodial father, JACK T. RAINES (aka JACK TOMMY RAINES, TOMMY RAINES), denied the protective mother any contact--and the authorities refused to intervene.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for Mississippi.

Horn Lake stepmother given life sentence after boy's death; child's father yet to be sentenced

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS August 13, 2015 - 6:37 am EDT

HERNANDO, Mississippi — A Horn Lake woman has been sentenced to life sentence in prison for the death of her abused 11-year-old stepson.

Multiple media outlets report that a DeSoto County Circuit Court jury in Hernando sentenced Amanda L. Raines on Wednesday after she and her husband, Jack T. Raines, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January.

Prosecutors say that Justin T. Raines was tied up, starved and beaten by his father and stepmother. Authorities say the boy weighed 56 pounds when he was found dead by police in the bathroom of the family's rental home on Feb. 6, 2014.

The boy's father has not yet been sentenced.