Custodial Dad Donald Lee Cockrell and Step-Mom who already plead guilty. No mention of MOTHER.
Father goes on trial 'for starving and beating daughter, 3, to death after months of abuse because she was incontinent'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271307/Donald-Lee-Cockrell-Father-goes-trial-starving-beating-year-old-daughter-death.html
Lexi Pounder was found beaten and malnourished in January 2010Her father
and his fiancee
'refused to give her food, made her sleep on the floor and forced her to run as punishment for soiling herself'Fiancee Michelle
Nicole Smith has already pleaded guilty
and will now testify in the trial of Donald Lee Cockrell
has gone on trial for allegedly beating and starving his three-year-old daughter to death
- three years after her bruised, malnourished body was found at his home.Donald Lee Cockrell,
30, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Alexis Marie Pounder with his fiancee, Michelle Nicole Smith, in Sandy, Oregon in January 2010.
Smith pleaded guilty to the killing last year and faces a minimum of 30 years behind bars, and as part of the plea deal she will testify against Cockrell.
Alexis, who was known as Lexi, weighed just 21 pounds when paramedics found her beaten body at the garbage-filled home she shared with Cockrell, Smith and four other children under five.Investigators said it was one of the worst cases they have ever seen.
The young girl, who had lived at the home since October 2009, was incontinent and was repeatedly punished for soiling herself, The Oregonian reported.
If the family went out to a fast-food restaurant, she was the only one who would go without a meal, and would be forced to sleep on the floor or to run as punishment, the paper reported.
An autopsy found that she suffered a blunt force head trauma
and the report detailed scores of injuries to her little body, prosecutor Christine Landers told the jury in Cockrell's trial.