Teen Gets 15 Years for Beating Toddler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A north Florida teenager is going to prison for 15 years for beating a toddler because he wanted her to feel pain like he did.

Nineteen-year-old Michael Devante Williams pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated child abuse and was immediately sentenced. He will also serve 15-years of probation after his release. He had faced a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Williams was arrested in January for beating his girlfriend’s 18-month-old girl as she slept. The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/nBu7py ) reported that he told police he beat the girl because he felt pain and wanted someone else to hurt, too.

The girl suffered a bruised heart, a bruised lung and a broken rib.

Source: Associated Press