LANCASTER – A Palmdale woman was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison, and her live-in boyfriend to 25 years to life, for the killing of her 23-month-old son three years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Rosie Lee Wilson, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse in the 2014 death of her son Anthony, and Brandon Jerel Williams, 27, was convicted of first-degree murder, torture and assault.
Williams moved in with Wilson in May 2014 and would frequently hit and scream at the toddler, according to evidence presented at trial.
In July 2014, Wilson left the toddler with Williams while she went to a karaoke bar. Williams beat the toddler, and Wilson returned to find her son limping with several injuries but failed to seek medical care or report what happened, according to prosecutors.
In August 2014, when Wilson was away again at a karaoke bar, Williams beat the boy in an attack witnessed by the boy’s 3 1/2-year-old sister, the prosecutors said.
Though the boy had massive bruising all over, including his head and groin, the couple waited until the next afternoon to take him to a hospital, where they claimed that he had been injured in a fall, according to prosecutors.
A nurse testified that the boy had caked-on makeup and baby powder all over him in an attempt to hide his injuries.
Two doctors testified that the boy would have had a good chance of surviving if he had been taken to the hospital right away, according to prosecutors. Instead, he remained hospitalized in a vegetative state for 41 days before he died on Oct. 5, 2014.
Deputy District Attorneys Jon Hatami and Scott Yang prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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