In the tiny town of Poplarville, Mississippi on October 10, 2005 12-year-old Ashley Andrews missed the bus to school. What real parents would do at that point would be to drive their kids to school. Even if they didn’t have a car they could arrange for someone to take the kids to school.
Not Ashley’s family. Ashley lived in Poplarville with her mom Christina Dillard, her stepfather Shaun Dillard and half brother Kyle Dillard. Rather than try to get Ashley to school they beat her with tree limbs, a belt and a fishing rod. Rather than letting her go to school the next day they kept her home in fear of the abuse being reported. That didn’t stop the beatings though. The next day she had hair pulled out during the beating and the autopsy showed that she was killed that day due to manual strangulation. The autopsy also revealed that she had been sexually assaulted.
Shaun Dillard was sentenced to life without parole. Christina Dillard recently pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter and she’s facing 20 years.
Thanks to Megan for the tip.