A man raped and murdered a toddler inside a Virginia motel room. After three years, he has now learned his sentence for the horrific crime.
One that has the victim’s mom saying — that’s it?
In October 2019, Barron Spurlock was arrested in connection to the murder of 17-month-old Nariah Brown. She was sexually assaulted on May 8, 2019, and died months later from her injuries.
Aija Brown, the child’s mom, told NBC 12 in 2019 that she left the toddler with her boyfriend of the past year — Spurlock. She had known him since the 4th grade and trusted him in their motel room in Virginia. Aija Brown then left to give a relative a ride.
“I said, ‘baby, I love you’...and I’m going to let you go with him... and I’ll be right back,” Brown said, according to NBC 12.
She returned to find her baby had been assaulted. She took Nariah to the hospital, where doctors described several injuries.
“I was in panic mode, disgusted, in total shock... that anything happened to her,” Brown said, the TV station reported.
A medical examiner ruled the toddler’s death a homicide by blunt force trauma.
This month, Brown was convicted of murder and sexual assault after a plea deal. He was sentenced to decades in prison, according to NBC 12. But much of the sentence was suspended, leaving him to serve a total of 25 years behind bars.
Aija Brown recently spoke to WTVR about the sentence and expressed her disappointment.
"I just don't feel like it is right," she said, according to WTVR. She also wasn’t happy with the plea deal. "He shouldn’t have a choice, whether a jury or plea deal. His choice was in May of 2019 when he took her life."
The mom described the crime as “heinous” and said she couldn’t believe the justice system didn’t do more to protect her innocent child.
"I waited three long years for him to get 25 years?” she asked, according to WTVR.