A woman accused of standing by and doing nothing during the year her boyfriend brutalized her young son was sentenced to two years in jail by a jury on Friday.
Jessica Langlais was facing life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the death of her toddler son, Adrian Langlais.
Instead, jurors elected to sentence her to the maximum amount available after convicting her of endangering a child. She must also pay a $10,000 fine.
Langlais had wanted a child, said defense attorney Mark Daniel. And when she had Adrian, that child became the center of her life, he said.
“The case is an indescribable tragedy,” Daniel said. “It was a difficult trial. The jury’s verdict and decision was consistent with the evidence.”
Prosecutors said that Christian Tyrrell, Jessica Langlais’ boyfriend, slammed Adrian’s head against the wall of his bedroom on March 17, 2015, the day before his second birthday.
They said that although the boy instantly began showing symptoms, including vomiting, not being able to walk and losing consciousness, Langlais limited her response to internet searches about head injuries and giving her son Tylenol.
Langlais failed to seek medical attention for her son and left him in the hands of a man who had anger issues and used steroids, prosecutors said. Langlais then went to work the next day, leaving Adrian alone with Tyrrell.
Daniel argued earlier in the trial that the fatal injury did not occur until later that day after Tyrrell dropped Langais off at work and before he called 911 a couple of hours later. Adrian “was doing something during that little two-hour, 45-minute interval that led to an eruption of rage – indescribable, inexcusable, horrific – but she was not there,” Daniel said.
In August 2017, a jury convicted Tyrrell of capital murder of a person under the age of 10 and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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SOURCE: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mitch Mitchell