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Purple Heart Iraq War Veteran And Wife Accused Of Doing The Unthinkable To Their Daughter

Sentencing has finally been handed down in a disturbing case that stemmed from a repulsive case of abuse in South Carolina back in 2013. A veteran of the US military and his wife have been convicted for the death of the wife’s five-year-old daughter, and the wife will begin her stint behind bars while pregnant with the couple’s next child.

As the Daily Mail reports, the girl was viciously abused by Philip Gleason, an Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, over a period of several weeks before passing away. The child’s mother, April Victoria Gleason, did nothing to stop the abuse of her daughter from a previous relationship, and she even attempted to cover it up. As part of the disturbing investigation, videos and messages were uncovered that were exchanged between the couple, and they show the husband beating the child while the pair jokes about 'suffering their rules.’

On the night of the girl’s death, Philip claimed that the girl had a seizure and began vomiting blood. Further investigation revealed that not to be the case, and the exact cause of death was a fatal skull fracture that caused bleeding to her brain. It’s believed she suffered a horrific amount of abuse over several weeks, and her mother attempted to cover her extensive injuries with cream. One of the first responders testified in court, and commented that the girl 'endured a living hell.'

Defense attempted to paint the couple as sufferers of post traumatic stress disorder, and that Philip had suffered a traumatic brain injury while in the military. The prosecution wasn’t buying it.

“For him to stand there and blame it on the war and PTSD, it’s a slap in the face to every veteran,” said Prosecuting Sixth Solicitor Randy Newman.

Philip was sentenced to 38 years in prison, while his wife will serve 18 years. The couple also has an eight-month-old son together, and he has been taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.

Source: MailOnline
Photo: Lancaster Police Department via MailOnline

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