Prosecutors said that the 24-year-old defendant, Devonte, kidnapped and rap-d 2-year-old baby before throwing the child in a tub full of scalding hot water to try to destroy the evidence of his se-ual assault. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but not before the sick ‘gift’ that he left with his victim was revealed in court. The defendant was reportedly found guilty of two counts of kidnapping, two counts of child endangering, and single counts of r-pe and felonious assault for the heinous crime committed against an innocent 2-year-old little girl.
At his sentencing, the defendant maintained his innocence in a 15-minute statement to the court, saying he had even hired a private investigator to catch whoever had really rap-d the little girl while he was on the run. “I thought the truth, the facts, and justice would prevail,” he said. “I risked life because I knew if the facts got brought up, you could see that I didn’t r-pe her.”
What facts he was referring to is anyone’s guess since none of the ones presented in court were in his favor. Prosecutors also said that the sick “gift” that he left with his victim was revealed in court. The young victim ended up with chlamydia, although he denied giving to her. Another of those facts is that the defendant doesn’t deny being the only one besides the girl’s mother to spend time alone with the child the day she was burned in the bathtub after being r-ped.
The County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie read a statement from the victim’s mother, who lives out of state and was unable to attend the proceeding: “Throughout this process the defendant has continued to demonstrate his demeanor as a disgusting human being and shows no remorse for what he has done to her. I can only imagine how that will manifest as she grows older as she begins to question the origins of her injuries. It is my worst nightmare as her mother to look her in the eyes when she is older and explain to her how someone can be so sinister and violate her sweet innocence at the age of 2.” Dear readers, we are republishing this story amid recent reports that child se-ual abuse has surged in America during the pandemic.