Leiliana Wright, four, was savagely beaten for drinking her brother’s inside her Texas home in March 2016
She was then hung in a locked closet before she succumbed to multiple blunt force injuries to her head and stomach
On Wednesday, Charles Wayne Phifer, 36, received a life sentence in prison with State District Judge Robert Burns telling Phifer he ‘should die in a locked closet’
Phifer beat Leiliana to death with bamboo switch and left her in the closet to die
Leiliana’s mother Jeri Quezada, 33, faces up to 50 years in jail for role in death
Quezada, a convicted felon with a hustory of child abuse. on the day used heroin with Phifer, then asked about the child at time of her death
She told the court that Phifer responded saying the child was hung in the closet – Photos of Leiliana show her suffering from a black eye and bruises on her jaw
Texas Judge Robert Burns [right], told convicted child killer, 36-year-old Charles Wayne Phifer [left], that ‘he should die in a locked closet’ for savagely beating four-year-old Leiliana Wright to death
A Texas judge told a convicted child killer that ‘he should die in a locked closet’ for savagely beating his girlfriend’s four-year-old daughter to death.
Leiliana Wright was severely beaten and ‘strung up’ by an array of belts in a closet in her Grand Prairie home as punishment when she died in March 2016.
She died suffering blunt force injuries to her head and stomach.
The mother of 4-year-old Leiliana Wright’s mother Jeri Quezada, pled guilty in July 2017 for the role she played in her daughter’s death.
Grand Prairie Police said Jeri Quezada and her ex-boyfriend, Charles Phifer, beat the four-year-old with a belt and a bamboo stick, then tied her up and threw her against a wall March 12, 2016, because she reportedly drank her brother’s juice. Leiliana Wright later died at the hospital.
Police said Quezada and Phifer were high on heroin that day. Both were arrested and charged in connection to Leiliana’s death.
On Wednesday, Charles Wayne Phifer, 36, received an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder.
‘Hanging a little girl in a locked closet was savage. You should die in a locked closet,’ State District Judge Robert Burns told Phifer.
‘I think this is the worst case I’ve ever seen,’ Burns told Phifer.