Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dad convicted of 2nd-degree murder in beating death of 2-year-old daughter; says he wanted to turn her into a lesbian and avoid men like him (Genesee Count, Michigan)

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Dad is identified as DONOVAN LAMAR HAYNES.

Michigan father gets up to 40 years for fatally beating daughter, 2, to turn her tough, gay

Donovan Lamar Haynes, described as 'deranged,' smiled in court before a judge sentenced him to 18 to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder in the death of Ti'Airra Woodward, 2.

The victim's mother says Haynes 'has no remorse.'

BY Nicole Hensley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:35 AM

A Michigan father wanted his toddler to grow up and avoid dangerous men like himself, so he beat her to death hoping she'd turn gay.

Donovan Lamar Haynes walked into a Genesee County courtroom Monday with a slight smile on his face before he was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder in the slaying of his daughter, 2, according to the Flint Journal.

His own defense attorney, Elbert Hatchett, described the 23-year-old father as "deranged."

The lawyer said he hoped that in prison, his client would seek psychological counseling and atonement.

"Hopefully, judge, he will repent," Hatchett said.

Haynes wanted to make little Ti'Airra Woodward tough, said Judge Joseph J. Farah, citing an investigation report, but adding that was no longer a worry.

"Dad took care of that. He took care of it in one fell swoop," Farah said.

Ti'Airra died of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver, according to a medical examiner's report, and was covered in bite marks after Haynes laid waste to her body during the 2011 attack.

Instead of beating Ti'Airra, Farah told Haynes he should have used his own life experience to teach his daughter how to avoid problem men, the newspaper reported.

Haynes was also sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for first-degree child abuse.

Haynes reportedly tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but the judge refused.

The victim's mother, Nakeesha Woodward, cried during Haynes sentencing.

"He has no remorse," Woodward said.