I may be wrong.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
Life in prison for attempted murder seems a little over the top. That said I have no real issue with the ruling. She can be out in 30 years, which is a perfectly acceptable punishment to me.
"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
I'm guessing the woman's character played into this. During the sentencing hearing she admitted to lying to her defense team, prosecutors, police, her doctors, her jailers, etc. She also admitted to persistent drug use after posting bail and being released prior to the sentencing hearing.
As far as I'm concerned, any person who would beat a child to the brink of death after torturing them doesn't deserve leniency. A two year old has absolutely no means of self defense against an adult, and this woman didn't just use her hands. She super glued the child's hands to the wall. She beat the girl with a gallon of milk. She abused her so severely that the girl had bleeding in her brain and was in a coma for 2+ weeks.
In addition, two of her older children had to witness the crime and were the ones who told the police what happened. Can you imagine the psychological damage done to THEM by this woman's rage?
Premeditated or not, her actions were excessive, vicious, and unforgivable. Some crimes don't lend to the criminal deserving a second chance. In my opinion, this is one of them. Had the child died, I suspect a lot of people would be wondering why the bitch isn't going to see the death room in Huntsville.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
― Thomas Jefferson
She would have gotten less time if she just killed the child.