A four-year-old girl living in Texas was beaten to death by her mother, Jeri Quezada, 30, and the mother’s boyfriend, Charles Phifer, 34. Leiliana Wright was beaten with a bamboo stick and a belt.
Then she was tied up and put in a closet. The couple also reportedly threw the little girl against a wall. All of this because she was drinking some of her brother’s juice.
Quezada lied about the girl’s injuries, she claimed Leiliana had slipped in the shower. The wounds that covered the little girl’s body were not consistent with that claim. Leiliana died from blunt-force trauma to her stomach and head.
Authorities also found whip marks on her back. Phifer claims to be in shock, he stated that he misses his “little buddy.” Oh please, it is too late to play all innocent and shocked now.
Both Phifer and Quezada have criminal records and have a history of drug addiction. Quezada admitted to burglary in 2010. Tragically, Leiliana’s grandmother, Alisa Clakely, had contacted Child Protective Services about bruises she saw on the girl’s face.
Leiliana’s death comes at a time when the Texas CPS had been accused of ignoring suspected cases of child abuse. So, it is possible Leiliana’s death may have been prevented if the people responsible for helping children had been doing their job.
Both Quezada and Phifer could spend the rest of their lives in jail for Leiliana’s death. They face charges of felony injury to a child. No court dates have been set. Rest in Peace, sweet angel.
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