Mich. Dad Who Beat Daughter to Death to 'Turn Her Gay' Sentenced
A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in 2011 in an attempt to turn her gay so she would avoid men was sentenced to 40-years in prison with a non-parole period of 18-years and nine months Monday.
According to MLive.com, Donovan Lamar Haynes, 23, was sentenced for beating his daughter, Ti'Airra Woodward, to death after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. As the publication points out, "a no contest plea is no an admission of guilt but treated as such a sentencing."
Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah also sentenced Haynes to serve a concurrent five-to-15-years in prison for first-degree child abuse.
Haynes' attorney Elbert Hatchett called him "deranged" just before Farah sentenced the father for biting and beating his toddler. Before Farah handed down his sentence, he read a report that claimed Haynes beat the girl in an attempt to turn her gay, hoping she would avoid men like Haynes, who has a history of treating women poorly.
"You don't beat her in hopes she's going to turn gay," Farah said. He added Haynes should have used his own life experiences to teach his daughter how to deal with problematic men. He also said Haynes beat his daughter to toughen her up.
"Dad took care of that," Farah said. "He took care of it in one fell swoop."