Sentencing for a Terrytown teen who admitted he beat his five-year-old half-sister to death has been delayed until next Tuesday. Court officials gave no reason for today's anouncement.
A teenage boy admits he beat his 5-year-old half sister until she was fatally injured, because he wanted to imitate pro wrestlers. Today, the boy learns his sentence.
The girl died from internal bleeding caused by the cuts and broken ribs she received when her older half-brother repeatedly beat and slammed her. Despite the brutality of her death, an expert says the teen might not receive any kind of incarceration.
"We only commit children who believe there is a risk to the community at large," said Curtis Nelson, a prosecutor from Baton Rouge. "Focus is always on rehabilitation, not punishment."
Nelson says in juvenile cases, a negligent homicide conviction might not bring detention unless the judge here in Jefferson parish today rules there is a risk to the community at large.