Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Only six years


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting a former street gang member only got six years in prison for killing a 2-year-old child.

Desmond Maurice Cornelius, 27, beat the little girl repeatedly. When she died in 2011 at the age of 2, she had three fractured ribs, a broken left hand, a perforated intestine, multiple bruises. He was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison, and an additional seven on extended supervision, in the girl’s death.

Cornelius, of Milwaukee, was charged in 2012 with four counts of physical child abuse and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the death of the girl. Adrianna’s mother, Tammy M. Silva, 26, also was charged in 2012 with child neglect resulting in death and two counts of failure to act to prevent bodily harm to a child.

Both took plea deals in June in the middle of their joint trial, after one of Silva’s other children testified about beatings that occurred in the home. As a result of their pleas — Cornelius pleaded no contest and was found guilty, and Silva pleaded guilty — prosecutors reduced some of the charges.

Despite repeated allegations of child abuse and a past criminal history, prosecutors only recommended five years in prison.

Before sentencing Cornelius to six years in prison — one more year than prosecutors recommended — Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner called Cornelius “despicable” for his actions and for failing to get the toddler medical treatment.

The lives of children are cheap in Milwaukee County.

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