Saturday, August 28, 2010
Pa. Dad Does Baby Daughter, Then Freezes Her Because She's Too Fussy.
Man Gets Life Sentence After Sexually Abusing Baby Daughter And Freezing Her To Death
August 24, 2010
William Page (see photo inset) told the judge he’s innocent, said he got an unfair trial, and then was sentenced to life in prison for leaving his 23-month-old daughter outside to freeze to death after sexually abusing her. Page did not explain why he thought his trial was unfair, but in earlier interviews said the girl came on to him while he was changing her diaper and the jury never got to hear that because of the judge's ruling.
Page’s daughter, Nyia, was found dead in Feb. 2007. Page molested the girl then became angry because she kept removing her diaper. He thought she was being immodest. He then left her outside in freezing temperatures, to teach her to be more modest about exposing her body. Nyia’s body was found in a wooded area of Rankin, Pa., east of Pittsburgh. Jurors convicted him in March, but split on whether he deserved the death penalty. It later was disclosed that half the jurors had IQ's of less than 85.
Page on Tuesday denied having killed anyone and vowed to fight until he was free. He said he was an innocent black man convicted by an all white, racist jury.
Allegheny County Judge David Cashman told Page he should have received the death penalty and called him a “despicable human being.” Page's court appointed attorney objected to the judge's remarks, saying the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Page was a human being.
The judge then sentenced Page to life in prison plus 21 to 42 years for murder, kidnapping, making false reports to police and aggravated indecent assault. He also sentenced Page's attorney to 24 hours in the county jail for contempt, for arguing that Page was not a human being.