- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to at least a half-century in prison in the beating death of a 4-year-old girl almost three years ago.

Edward Golphin, 28, was sentenced Friday to 52½ to 105 years in prison in the July 2013 death of Seanita Brown, The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1SmIi1r ) reported.

Golphin was convicted in February of third-degree murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and child endangerment. He declined to speak in court before he was sentenced to the maximum term.

The girl’s mother, Josephita Brown, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four to eight years in prison.

Prosecutor Kristin Kemp argued for the maximum sentence for Golphin, saying the defense was blaming everyone around the defendant for his behavior “without ever looking at the man who committed it.”

She said the girl sustained multiple broken ribs, a broken and re-broken leg and finally a lacerated liver and death due to internal bleeding.

“She knew more pain and torture in her young life than any human being - any hundred human beings - should suffer,” Kemp said.

Defense attorney Michael Wallace said Golphin was molested and regularly beaten as a child and “probably had no positive influence in his life.”

“He was a hand grenade ready to explode, and unfortunately Seanita was the victim of that explosion,” Wallace added.

Judge Genece Brinkley called the presentencing report for Golphin “one of the worst I’ve ever seen,” but agreed with prosecutors that she had to deal with the man and not the abused child he had been.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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