A 21-year-old mother from Mississippi, USA he was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, after admitting that repeatedly slammed her 2-month-old daughter onto the concrete in what the prosecutor said was a “inexplicable and heinous crime». Multiple witnesses reported seeing Makayla Shaileen Joley “grab the baby by the ankles and hit him,” according to Madison and Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett.
The baby was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later. Bramlett said that the infant had swelling and bleeding on the brain, extensive skull fractures, fractures to her left thumb and right elbow, abrasions and bleeding eyes. Her death was ruled a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, Bramlett said. “Makayla Jolley grabbed the baby by the ankles, slammed her to the pavement multiple times and then left her there,” Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Newman said, according to NBC.
Pearl police received multiple 911 calls about the vicious attack. When officers arrived, they were told that Jolie “hit the baby and left it lying on the street“, while then he ran away into the forest where he was later arrested. Jolie confessed to the police that she hurt her baby, claiming it was an accident. He said he didn’t know why he did it, with authorities saying that he had used drugs the same morning.
The prosecutor initially sought the death penalty, but Jolly was eventually sentenced to life in prison in order to spare witnesses, family members and police officers the traumatic experience of reliving what happened. “Law enforcement, rescuers, firefighters, there were innocent people… The apartment owner saw everything. The victim’s grandmother saw what happened. A truck driver saw it. A passerby saw these terrible things,” Newman said. “I don’t think you can ever get those images out of your head,” with Bramlett stressing that “These people will never forget».
So Rankin County District Judge Steve Ratcliffe sentenced Jolley on Monday after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Bramlett told NBC that Jolley “will never get out of prison. He will die in there».