DALLAS — Child advocates expressed outrage that a Dallas couple received probation after pleading guilty to lesser charges in the beating death of their infant daughter.
Tameika Hampton, 25, and Tremaine Mabry, 26, pleaded guilty to injury to a child last month under a deal with prosecutors. The pair had initially been charged with capital murder in the February 2004 death of 3-month-old Tyreona Mabry.
Court records examined by the newspaper showed that the child suffered up to 40 rib fractures, bleeding in the brain and eyes, three leg fractures and other injuries before she died.
Dallas County state District Judge Lena Levario accepted the plea deal after special prosecutor Juan Sanchez advised that he could not prove either of the parents killed the girl, according to court records.
Sanchez told the AP on Saturday that there were no confessions, no incriminating statements and no conclusive forensic evidence to tie either Hampton or Mabry to the child's death.
“It was a very difficult decision. I had to decide do I want to lose this case, or do I want to have some court control over them,” he said.
He said Mabry has been sentenced to 5 years of deferred adjudication. If Mabry violates the terms of his probation, he could be sent to prison for life, Sanchez said. Hampton pleaded guilty to a lesser injury to a child charge and received 2 years of deferred adjudication.