In Gainesville, Florida, a teen was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated child abuse. Michael Devante Williams, age 19, was arrested earlier in the year for beating the 18 month old child of his girlfriend. The toddler suffered a bruised lung, a bruised heart, and a fractured rib. Mr. Williams had stated that he wanted someone else to feel some pain. Mr. Williams pled guilty to the criminal charges. The criminal charges could have resulted in a 30 year prison sentence.
Children should not be subjected to abuse, physical violence, neglect or corporal punishment. A child should be nurtured and cared for rather than beaten and put at risk for serious bodily harm and even death. You can read more about this story at Gainesville, Florida Teen Gets Prison Sentence for Beating Gainesville Toddler.