SPRINGFIELD, GA (WTOC) - The mother of baby Aiden Waller has pled guilty to beating her young son back in January.
Tina Richards is going to spend most of her adult life behind bars. Today the 20-year-old admitted to abusing him in an Effingham County courtroom. She beat him, threw him in his crib, bit him and restrained him by sewing his onesie to a bed sheet.
Aiden was 10-months-old at the time. He's now almost 2-years-old and suffers from massive brain injuries.
"The prognosis, his long term prognosis is not good," said prosecutor Michael Muldrew. "We don't see him getting any better that he is now, it's a real tragic situation."
Today, judge Gates Peed sentenced Richards to 30 years in prison and another 10 years on probation. Richards is already serving 20 years for abusing Aiden the first time back in July 2007. She will serve both sentences at the same time and likely not get out of prison until the year 2038.
Muldrew admits the punishment does not fit the crime. "No, because nothing we can do in the judicial system will restore Aiden of the injuries he received," said Muldrew. "It's the maximum that we could give her, it may not be justice but it's the best we could do."
Richards is incarcerated at a women's prison in Atlanta.
Tina Richard's parents, who were very vocal about this case in the beginning, attending every court hearing earlier this year, were absent from the court room today.
Two young mothers who have followed the case from the beginning had a lot say today.
Brandi Davis grew up with Richards. "I'm glad she at least admitted her fault, I do pray she finds God in the process," said Davis.
Kristin Hamilton's son is just 10 days older than Aiden. It makes her sad to know Aiden will never have the happy childhood her son is enjoying. "I don't think there will ever be any justice, even if she got a life sentence," she said. "It doesn't help Aiden it doesn't make him better."
These mothers hope they never see or hear from Tina Richards again. As for Aiden, his tragic story is one they will never forget.
Aiden Waller remains in foster care. As for his dad, Phillip Waller, he is still in jail. Prosecutors said Phillip Waller knew about the abuse but didn't report it. Muldrew said he is trying to work out a plea agreement with Waller's attorney.