A Tennessee teenager has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the beating death of a girl he was babysitting.
Shelby County prosecutors say 18-year-old Antonio Evans pleaded guilty Friday to adult charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
Prosecutors say Antonio Evans was a 14-year-old foster child when he was left in charge of three other foster children, ages 6, 7 and 9, in the Memphis suburb of Cordova.
The children said Antonio Evans repeatedly punched, kicked and whipped them with a belt and a cord for three days in December 2015. They said Evans threatened them with more abuse if they told anyone.
A 6-year-old girl, Destine King, died at a hospital from injuries she suffered.
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A Cordova 18-year-old was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to beating a young child to death while babysitting in 2015.
Prosecutors say Antonio Evans was 14 when he was tasked with babysitting three young foster children — ages 6, 7 and 9. Evans himself was being fostered at the time by the daughter of the children’s foster mother.
Over the course of three days, prosecutors say Evans punched, kicked, slapped and whipped the children with a belt and cord. Police were called when 6-year-old Destine King started vomiting and became unresponsive.
King died five days later.
Prosecutors say the surviving children told investigators Evans threatened them if they told anyone.
Evans pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child abuse of a child younger than 8.