Louisiana woman who fatally beat 3-year-old with extension cord pleads guilty to avoid death penalty

A Louisiana woman who fatally beat a 3-year-old girl in her care avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty.

Tarika Wilson, 36, pleaded guilty to murder Thursday

Tarika Wilson, 36, admitted to killing the toddler on Thursday, the Shreveport Times reported.

In June, 2013, Wilson tortured Rizcheir Muskelly so severely with an extension cord that the child died.

According to the Times, a crime scene investigator testified that 75 percent of the toddler’s body was covered in injuries that were both fresh and old.

‘The only places I didn’t see wounds were the bottoms of her feet,’ the investigator said, according to the Times.

At the time of the child’s death, Wilson was taking care of Rizcheir and her two sisters while the children’s mother was in jail.

The mother told the Times she was disappointed Wilson won’t be punished with death.

‘I was kind of upset because I really wanted her to get the death penalty, but she’s going to have to think about my baby for the rest of her life,’ said Debbie Muskelly.

Muskelly said she’d like to talk to Wilson and ask for an explanation.

‘I just want to know why,’ Muskelly said. ‘But I have to hear it from Tarika.’

The Times reported Muskelly will be able to reach out to Wilson at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel through trained facilitators.

Wilson will spend the rest of her life in prison without possibility of parole, KSLA reported.

Source: The DailyMail

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