*Wearing his prison orange and a smirk of no remorse on his face, Donovan Lamar Haynes, 23, walked into a Genesee County courtroom last Monday to receive his sentence of 18-40-years in prison for the second-degree murder of his 2-year-old daughter, according to the Flint Journal.
Even his defense attorney, Elbert Hatchett, called the Michigan father “deranged,” adding that he hopes in prison, his client will seek out psychological help, counseling and “atonement.”
“Hopefully, judge, he will repent,” Hatchett said.
Haynes killed little Ti’Airra Woodward so she wouldn’t grow up to get involved with men like him.
He wanted her to be tough, said Judge Joseph J. Farah, citing an investigation report, but added that was no longer a worry.
“Dad took care of that. He took care of it in one fell swoop,” Farah said.
Ti’Airra died of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver, according to a medical examiner’s report. She was also covered in bite marks after Haynes laid waste to her body during the 2011 attack.
Farah did tell Haynes that instead of beating Ti’Airra, he should have done what any responsible parent is expected to do: use your own life experience to teach your daughter how to avoid problem men, the newspaper reported.