Trigger: Mention of child death.
It's hard to admit it, but some people shouldn't be parents. To be fair, sometimes it's because the parent in question simply doesn't have the proper means to provide and care for a child. But more often than not, some people shouldn't become parents because they won't properly care for their child. They'll even go so far as to kill them.
In Des Moines, Iowa, an 18-year-old father has been sentenced for 100 years in jail for murdering his eight-month-old baby girl. The man is Jayden Straight, and his daughter was named Raija Straight.
The murder occurred back in July of 2018. Jayden- who was just 17 years old at the time- had been left home alone with baby Raija. This was so his partner and the mother of his child, Ri Bambino, could go out and run some errands. When Ri returned home hours later, she discovered her daughter severely injured and her partner nowhere to be found.
Raija had suffered broken ribs, massive retinal hemorrhaging and a ruptured spleen. Worse, the beating she'd been subjected to had been so bad that her skull was shattered. One doctor who treated the infant said that injuries were "from a deliberate assault and could not be explained as unintentional or accidental". She would later die from her injuries.
Despite originally going on the run, Jayden turned himself in the following day. He wasn't able to explain how Raija had been injured as horribly as she was. He also never provided any motive for the attack, and none have been speculated by police or anyone else.
After a guilty plea for second-degree murder, Jayden was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was sentenced to another 50 years in prison for three counts of willful injury and two counts of child endangerment resulting in serious injury. All of these sentences are to be run consecutively, which means that Jayden won't be released from jail until the year 2119. This means that he'll never see the light of day again- much to the relief of baby Raija's family.
"When I saw this child’s face and what she has brought to me for the last eight months of her life. I can’t never explain that feeling of holding her, laughing with her, touching her, walking with her, crawling with her," Raija's tearful great-grandmother Robin Head explained.
With justice having finally been served, here's hoping that this sentence has provided the family with some sense of closure.