Friday, December 10, 2010

San Antonio Man Gets Forty Years in Prison for Death of Toddler

As a parent myself, I cannot help but have a particularly strong reaction when I hear about violent crimes in which children are the victims. When these young and defenseless members of our society find injury or even death at the hands of the people in whom they should find ultimate trust and security, it is simply heartbreaking. One of those cases was back in the news yesterday in a San Antonio courtroom.

Back in April, Lorance Dontae Hill pleaded no contest to the charge of injury to a child resulting in serious bodily injury in the death of his girlfriend's one-year-old daughter. Serenity Price died four years from massive brain trauma, which her mother argued took place when the girl was briefly left alone in Hill's care. On Thursday, Hill was given a forty-year sentence for his crimes. His plea ended the initial efforts by the prosecution to push for the death penalty.

Prosecutors agreed to the lesser charge and sentence due to the fact that there is evidence to suggest the mother was involved in the crime as well and there were older injuries to the little girl that indicated abuse over a long period of time. The mother is facing the charge of injury to a child and was not present to observe Hill's sentencing yesterday.

I certainly hope that all men and women who are accused of abusing children are brought to justice and have their day in court. No matter the crime, though, these defendants are due certain rights under the law. After all, everyone has the important distinction of being innocent until proven guilty. The criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP can work with you to make sure that you receive aggressive and thorough representation during your trial. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

2 comments:

Mario Lovo abogado said...

I am a big supporter of a child abuse cases. I am happy to know that Mr. Hill pays all the injuries he made to the child. I hope this issue will serve as a lesson to others that children need to beloved and not to be hurt.

Mario Lovo abogado said...

I am a big supporter against child abuse cases. I am happy to know that Mr. Hill pays all the injuries he made to the child. I hope this issue will serve as a lesson to others that children need to beloved and not to be hurt.