SEBRING - The family of 3-month-old Alexa Hall had some harsh words for Edgar Otero before he was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in the infant's 2007 death.
"The devastation that was forced on us by this act of violence has severely impacted our whole family," said grandmother Sandy Carro, who read to the court a letter she'd written. "How could someone be such a monster, to hurt a helpless little baby? I ask that question over and over again."
In January, a jury found Otero, 31, guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter, as well as aggravated child abuse, a first-degree felony. He was initially indicted for first-degree murder.
Otero was in the back of a car trying to calm down a fussy Alexa in the early morning hours of Nov. 12, 2007 while his former girlfriend, Brandy Hall, was inside a home setting up a mattress for bed.
When Hall came back out a few minutes later, she found her child had stopped breathing. Baby Alexa was first taken to Florida Hospital Heartland Division before being transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was pronounced brain dead and later died on Nov. 13, 2007.