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TEXARKANA — A Texarkana man has been convicted of battery and aggravated assault in the death of his girlfriend's 23-month-old son.

Damian Ford was sentenced to 62 years in prison Tuesday for the death 2012 of Christopher Peoples Jr. and for probation revocation in an unrelated case.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that Ford cursed and waved his arms after the verdict and was removed from the courtroom.

Authorities say the child had at least 35 scars from whippings and that he had blunt force trauma to his body.

Ford testified that he did not beat the child and blamed the boy's mother, Simone Franklin, for the injuries. Franklin testified that she was abused by Ford and had tried unsuccessfully to stop him from hurting her son.

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  • givemeabreak
    October 31, 2013 at 8:52 a.m.

    The mother should have shot this POS and saved the taxpayers some money.

  • outinthesticks
    October 31, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.

    The only problem is she probably needs to be shot herself, break...how could ANYONE allow this to happen to a child, unless they have no soul?

  • Walter
    October 31, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

    I agree with both givemeabreak and outinthesticks.
    But, she was probably too afraid of him to do anything.
    The sad part is, she will probably hook up with another POS just like him.
    It's just a sort of cycle that women get into and can't get out of.

  • Walter
    October 31, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.

    So sad that there are still crimes like this going on and we are "obligated" to pay for a
    public defender to defend these scum when they should be shot behind the ear...

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