GAINESVILLE, Fla. – 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.
Michael Devante Williams, 19, 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 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.