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“A 20-year-old woman received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole on Wednesday after an East Texas jury convicted her of capital murder in the sexual assault and beating death of her infant daughter.
A Rusk County jury found Jesseca Carson guilty of capital murder in the December 2008 death of her 13-month-old daughter, Amora. Carson’s boyfriend, Blaine Milam, is on death row after his conviction for capital murder in the death, which Carson believed was an exorcism.
Prosecutors didn’t seek a death sentence for Carson. In closing arguments Wednesday, special prosecutor Lisa Tanner said that although Milam was the one who beat the child with a hammer and bit her about 30 times, Carson promoted, aided or tried to aid the crime.
“Did she know he was going to hurt Amora? Or did she know he was hurting Amora?” she asked, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Carson “sacrificed her daughter to a monster,” said Tanner, a prosecutor from the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
She apologized to jurors for the sometimes-graphic evidence presented to them, but she explained that it was necessary to obtain a capital murder conviction.
“We only did it because we had to,” she said.
Defense attorneys contended Milam dominated Carson and convinced her that her child was possessed by a demon. However, Tanner said the exorcism was Carson’s idea, rather than the product of brainwashing by Milam.
“She allowed him to inflict unimaginable horror on that sweet baby. … For that, she is responsible,” Tanner said, according to the newspaper.
Defense attorney Don Killingsworth told jurors Carson thought Milam was helping her child and didn’t think he would hurt her. He described Milam’s relationship with Carson as starting out as “her Prince Charming” until he began to treat her badly and used a Ouija board to tighten his hold on Carson.” ~ Houston Chronicle