- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty against a man accused of inflicting fatal injuries to his girlfriend’s nearly 11-month-old daughter after the girl refused to eat grits.

According to The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1PvPigv ), District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the decision to remove the death penalty as a possible sentence for 28-year-old Larry Leflore was made primarily out of concern for the emotional well-being of the girl’s brother, who was six when Aaliyah Heard died. Moore says capital cases’ lengthy appeal processes can be painful for witnesses.

Leflore is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in connection with Heard’s 2013 death.

The children’s mother, Ashley Heard, was convicted of second-degree murder in August in her daughter’s death. She was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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