Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dad sentenced for letting 3-year-old daughter drown while he watched porn (San Antonio, Texas)

Let's see. We have a child molester daddy who was basically watching "kiddie porn" while watching FIVE CHILDREN. The dumb @$$ lets the 3-year-old daughter drown while he's playing with himself. 

BUT WHERE IS THE MOTHER IN THIS HOME? Is there one? Or is this a custodial father?

Dad is identified as CHRISTOPHER LANE HOPKINS.

Father sentenced for tub drowning attributed to porn

By Craig Kapitan Updated 7:05 pm, Thursday, February 7, 2013

A father whose disabled 3-year-old daughter drowned in the bathtub after he left her unattended so he could watch porn was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.

Christopher Lane Hopkins, 31, was arrested in March 2011, days after he called 911 reporting that he had found Cassie Hopkins floating face down and unresponsive in the tub. 

His 12-year-old step-daughter, one of five children in the Northeast Side apartment, aided him in administering CPR, which she had learned months earlier in school, authorities said. The child never revived.

Investigators found the dirty tub drained, with a plastic plate, pacifier and empty Gatorade bottle inside.

Hopkins initially told authorities only that he was watching TV during the bath and that he had left her alone about 10 minutes. But his story changed a day later, explaining that he was actually masturbating in his locked bedroom when the drowning occurred.

“Christopher said he was watching a pornographic movie called 'Barely Legal' while Cassie was in the bathtub,” Detective Randy Jones noted in court documents. “He said it was bothering him so much he wanted to come in and talk to me (again).”

Cassie, an Indiana native who would have turned 5 this month, was born with Angelman syndrome — a cerebral palsy-like handicap that left her unable to walk or talk and with the motor skills of a 1-year-old.

Child Protective Services had opened an investigation and temporarily taken custody of the children two months earlier, after Cassie had a seizure — a symptom of the syndrome — while the family was living at a motel. She was nourished and had no signs of abuse at the time of death, her autopsy noted. 

Hopkins was charged with reckless injury to a child by omission causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Under terms of a plea agreement reached in January, prosecutors Meli Carrion and Katie Magee agreed to ask for a 15-year term, with the defense requesting deferred adjudication probation.

“He feels beyond remorse for what happened,” defense attorney Brian Hammer told state District Judge Lori Valenzuela, adding that his client has two jobs and a minimal prior criminal record.

Although not mentioned during the hearing, court documents state Hopkins was accused in September of having molested a child six years earlier. He has not been arrested or indicted for the outcry.