A Palmdale, California mother and her boyfriend have sentenced to life in prison on Monday for the death of her toddler son.
Three years ago, 23-month old Anthony Wilson was hospitalized after being hit in the head five times by 27-year-old Brandon Williams, KABC reported, leaving him in a vegetative state. The beating occurred when Anthony’s mother, 23-year-old Rosie Lee Wilson, left him alone in Williams' care, the LA Times reported.
When Rosie Lee returned to find her injured son covered in bruises including on his head and groin, she tried to hide the bruises with makeup. She also did not take him to the hospital until the next day.
The toddler died 41 days later. Coroner’s reports revealed that the toddler suffered broken bones in both arms and broken ribs, according to the LA Times.
Rosie Lee Wilson received a 15-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder and child abuse, while Williams was sentenced to 25 years to life for first-degree murder, torture and assault on a child causing death.
KABC reported that he covered his face with his hands during his sentencing hearing. "It really bothers me that you're such a coward that you can't face us after all that you did to that poor little baby," Christine Harper, the child’s grandmother, reportedly said to Williams in court.
Christina Wilson, the toddler's aunt, addressed Rosie Lee in a statement. "I couldn't believe that you could have done this. You let him sit there, suffer and die. Was this who you really were - a heartless mother who doesn't care about her child? You're a disgrace to this family," she said.
Rosie Lee addressed the court herself, saying, "I suffer every day for my loss, and even if people don't want to be there for me or care about me, I care about my kids. And I hope to God I get out to be with my daughter because she needs her mother."
Her 6-year-old daughter is now being raised by her mother.