Judge sentences Glen Bates to death for toddlers murder
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Judge Megan Shanahan has gone along with the jury's recommendation and sentenced Glen Bates to death for the murder of his 2-year-old daughter, Glenara.
Bates declined to speak on his behalf. His attorney requested life in prison to allow him to be a father to his son.
The jury took less than an hour to recommend the death penalty for Bates on Sept. 28. The same jury convicted Bates Monday, September 26, of aggravated murder, murder and child endangering for the death of the toddler.
Testimony revealed that Glenara died of blunt force trauma. Prosecutors said Glen Bates slammed the little girl into a wall. Several witnesses testified that Glenara was severely underweight. She had bruises, scars and other injuries all over her body. The deputy coroner determined she died from head injuries and starvation. The toddler was 13 pounds when she was killed. The jury rejected defense claims that Bates was only playing with the child.
Bates rejected a couple of plea bargain deals which would have spared him the death penalty. Judge Shanahan could have overruled the jury's death penalty recommendation and imposed a life sentence, but did not.
Bates' attorney says his client plans to appeal the decision.
Glenara's mother, Andrea Bradley, also faces aggravated murder, murder and child endangering charges. However, she may not be legally eligible for the death penalty, if she's convicted.
On Sept. 29, her attorneys said testing revealed Bradley is intellectually disabled with an overall IQ of 67. That puts her under the threshold for the death penalty. They are still waiting for more information from a report by Job and Family Services.