Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jurors weep at details of 'Baby Grace' torture

GALVESTON, Texas – Jurors wept Tuesday watching a woman describe how teaching her 2-year-old daughter proper manners turned into a daylong torture session in which the toddler was beaten with belts, dunked in cold water and flung across a room so violently that she died.

Kimberly Trenor, 20, detailed the abuse in a videotaped statement played for jurors during the first day of her capital murder trial.

Trenor, 20, told investigators in the statement that she hit her daughter with a thick leather belt to teach her to say "please" and "yes, sir."

and

Riley Ann Sawyers tried to stop her mother and stepfather from beating her to death by reaching out to her mother and saying, "I love you," assistant district attorney Kayla Allen told jurors earlier in the day during her opening statement.


This undated photo released by Sheryl Ann Sawyers shows her granddaughter Riley Ann Sawyers, 2, whose body washed ashore in a storage bin in Galveston Bay, Texas, on Oct. 29, 2007. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, where Riley Ann's mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, will defend herself against charges she and her husband beat and tortured the child before putting her lifeless body out to sea. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sheryl Ann Sawyers, File)

This undated photo released by Sheryl Ann Sawyers shows her granddaughter Riley Ann Sawyers whose body washed ashore in a storage bin in Galveston Bay, Texas, on Oct. 29, 2007. The girl's mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, and her companion, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, were arrested and charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, in Galveston, Texas, where Trenor will defend herself against charges she and her husband beat and tortured Riley Ann before putting her lifeless body out to sea. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sheryl Ann Sawyers, File)

You read the details and you can't help but think that the two were possessed by the devil--how could they beat a two year-old so savagely? Could anyone be so brutish?

May God have mercy on Riley Ann Saywers and her "mother" and her mother's "boyfriend."

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