Man sentenced in beating death of 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy
Christopher Ward was sentenced to nine years in prison plus five years' extended supervision in the death of his 14-year-old cousin Jada Wright.
Wright had cerebral palsy and couldn't speak. Police say Ward punched her, telling them he was frustrated while trying to feed her. Ward and his mother were in charge of taking care of the girl and today at the sentencing hearing, Wright's aunt said she had offered to help with her care.
"And I told her if it ever got too hard, bring her back. Bring her back, I'd die to take care of my niece. Ain't nobody ever called to say it got too hard, and I know it did. I'm dealing with a six-year-old granddaughter who wakes up and says she wants to die 'cause she wants to be with Jada. How do you handle that?" Kecia Ford, Jada Wright's aunt said.
Christopher Ward will not be eligible for early release for seven and a half years.