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Mom of girl starved, fatally beaten won't face death penalty

Andrea Bradley (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Andrea Bradley (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Glenara Bates (Provided) Glenara Bates (Provided)

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who was starved and beaten to death is not eligible for the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder in the child's death.

A judge ruled Tuesday that Andrea Bradley, 30, cannot be sentenced to death if convicted.

Hamilton County prosecutors didn't dispute a psychologist's report that found Bradley is intellectually disabled. The U.S. Supreme Court has found that executing people with intellectual disabilities violates the U.S. Constitution.

Bradley has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in Glenara Bates' 2015 death. She could be sentenced to up to life in prison, if convicted.

The judge set Bradley's trial for April 2017.

Glenara's father, Glen Bates, was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to death in October in the case.

Authorities have said Glenara was severely beaten and had bite and belt marks. She died of starvation and blunt-force injury, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

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"This man is a murderer who needs to pay for what he did to this innocent baby. My heart breaks for this little girl. She died in one of the most horrific ways imaginable," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement released after the decision. 

At Bates' trial, Glenara's 10-year-old sister testified the toddler’s father held the Glenara by the legs and swung her at the wall the night before her death.

The pathologist said Glenara had bruises, scars, burns, open sores and missing teeth when her mother took her to the hospital.

The toddler weighed only 13 pounds at the time of her death.

An average 2-year-old girl weighs twice that, according to the CDC.

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