CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge on Monday ordered the death sentence for the father of a 2-year-old girl who was starved and badly beaten.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Shanahan followed the jury’s recommendation that 34-year-old Glen Bates should be executed for aggravated murder.
Bates’ attorney said he wants to appeal the sentence. Bates didn’t speak at the sentencing hearing.
The jury in Cincinnati convicted Bates on multiple charges in the death of Glenara Bates. His attorneys had argued he should get life in prison and that such a sentence would force him to think about what happened every day.
Glenara weighed 13 pounds when she was pronounced dead in March 2015, after her mother took her to a hospital. Prosecutors said she had belt and bite marks, bruises, missing teeth, broken ribs and head trauma and other injuries.
“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 ways imaginable.”
Glenara’s mother, Angela Bradley, has pleaded not guilty in the case. She has a plea hearing scheduled Tuesday.
Authorities said her other six children are in the custody of relatives or family services.