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Ohio Man Gets Death Penalty for Starving, Beating 2-Year-Old Daughter to Death in ‘Most Horrific Way Imaginable’

An Ohio man convicted of starving and beating his 2-year-old daughter to death in 2015 was sentenced to death on Monday, PEOPLE confirms.

Glen Bates, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to execution by a Hamilton County judge following the recommendation of a jury, Monday afternoon.

Bates’ daughter, Glenara, was taken to a local hospital on March 29 by her mother, Andrea Bradley, who has also been charged with her murder. The unresponsive child was pronounced dead upon arrival, a Hamilton County press release states. She appeared to have been severely beaten with bruises, burns, bite marks and belt marks all over her body, according to the release.

She was also missing some teeth, had broken ribs and numerous lacerations, according to the release.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Glenara’s cause of death a homicide due to starvation and blunt force trauma to the head, the press release states, and the girl’s injuries appeared to have been inflicted over an extended period of time.

Glenara weighed only 13 pounds when she died, according to the press release. (An average 2-year-old weighs more than 20 pounds, the release states.) 

Bates had pleaded not guilty, and his attorney had argued his client should be sentenced to life in prison so that he could think about what he did for the rest of his life, according to the Associated Press.

“This man is a murderer who needs to pay for what he did to this innocent baby,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement. “My heart breaks for this little girl. She died in one of the most horrific way imaginable.”

Bradley, who has pleaded not guilty, appeared in court Tuesday morning. Her attorney, Will Welsh, could not be reached for comment. Welsh said his client has an IQ in the mid-60s and “has the mental capacity of a child,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. An IQ below 75 qualifies as an intellectual disability, the paper reports.

Bates attorney said he wants to appeal the sentence, according to the AP.

The five other children living with Bradley, ranging in ages 1 to 8 years old, are in the custody of relatives or family services, the press release states.

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