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Life in prison for man who killed girlfriend's toddler

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Family members of a toddler beaten to death confront the man who will do prison time for the crime. Anthony Pierson learned his punishment today for killing two-year-old James Livesay at a home on School Road in Sycamore Township.

While many of the family members of James Livesay, who were in the courtroom, were happy to hear that Pierson was sentenced to life in prison, they say it's an injustice that after 20 years he'll be eligible for parole.
Pierson was watching the child at his mother's home while she was at school in March of 2013. When she returned, she found her little boy unresponsive. The coroner ruled James died of blunt force trauma
The beating took place several months after the toddler was hospitalized following another beating. At the time, Pierson was ordered not to be near the child

Pierson pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table as a possible sentence. Family members of the child were in the courtroom. They were very emotional as they addressed Anthony Pierson, just before he was sentenced.

Says uncle, James Burton "for anyone to do this to a child, there are no words to describe how it made our family feel. We'll never be the same again." James' great Aunt Victory Livesay told the court, "I just don't know how someone can harm a child like that, it's just beyond my imagination. I raised two kids, I've got 5 grandkids. It's just evil to me. He should be put away for life."

Pierson expressed his apologies to the family of the toddler and said he can't begin to express how much pain he has caused them. He'll begin serving his sentence immediately.




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