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She Decided To Take Out Pent-Up Frustration On Her Toddler Step-Granddaughter. She Will Never Hurt Another Child Again.

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Source: Elmore County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 22 2022, Published 8:54 a.m. ET

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A woman subjected her 2-year-old step-granddaughter to abuse and killed her by slamming her against a hard surface. Now, she’ll never hurt another child.

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This month, a judge in Alabama sentenced Pamella Shelton to life in prison, according to WSFA. She was convicted of felony murder and aggravated child abuse for the killing of Rosalie Rawls in July 2017.

The toddler died after Shelton violently shook and slammed the child’s head against a hard surface, according to WSFA. The child had been subjected to extensive head injuries and abusive head trauma.

The killing happened out of pent-up frustration.

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The victim’s mother, Quneshia Rawls, said she dropped off her daughter at her dad’s home for a few days. She later got a call that the child had a seizure and was being taken to the hospital.

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“Evil is real,” said Elmore County District Attorney C.J. Robinson, the TV station noted. “What Shelton did to this child was evil. I am proud of the Wetumpka PD and our prosecutors for never blinking an eye and staying focused in our search for truth and our pursuit of justice for Rosalie. She was a beautiful two-year-old girl who deserved to have us fight for her with all our being. Also, thank you to the victim’s family for supporting us every step of the way.”

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“It is unfortunate the defendant showed no signs of remorse nor accepted any responsibility for her actions,” Robinson said in the sentencing announcement.

The case’s first trial ended in a mistrial, prosecutors noted. It then went through another long wait and a second trial was delayed because of the unavailability of a witness.

Shelton and her attorney chose not to put on a defense during the trial.

“Nothing will ever bring back the life of this precious child, but there is comfort knowing her killer will not walk free,” Robinson said.


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