The mother and boyfriend who murdered Baby Garrett were found not guilty of murder, and are equally as innocent as O.J. Simpson. The mother knew Baby Garret was seriously injured from a traumatic beating with bruises matching an adult fist, and put him to bed without seeking any medical care.
For aggravated child abuse, which caused the death of Baby Garrett, the maximum sentence for aggravated child abuse should be applied. That would be about four years under Tennessee law. They would serve 30%, or a total of 16 months.
Not only does the punishment not fit the pain and torment inflicted on Baby Garret, but sends the message that there is absolutely no accountability for the ultimate violation of Baby Garret's human rights, taking his life.
The notion that a person can be found guilty of child abuse that results in the child's death, but is not guilty of murder, is absolutely ludicrous and defies logic.
If I shot someone with a gun, and they die as a result = murder
If I beat a child to death, and the child dies as a result = murder.
Baby Garrett's human rights to be free from violence supersede the parental property right of the mother, and the only consideration should have been taking Baby Garrett's life.
T.C. Thompson's top pedestrian testified that the injuries inflicted upon Baby Garret were intentionally, hard-shaking, bruises of an adult fist. The medical experts were adamant that Baby Garret died from intentional child abuse. With these injuries, the mother tucks her injured child into bed and seeks no medical attention for life-threatening physical abuse. Her boyfriend still with her. Baby Garret dies.
What planet was this jury from? Please do not serve again and send a message that a parant can beat their child to death and it is not murder.