This trifling piece of ISHT will be sentenced today. The maximum sentence is life without the possibility of parole. But sadly his two dead babies never had a chance at life.
This guy’s name is Steven Nicholson and he was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the drowning death of his 15-month-old daughter Ella Stafford and second-degree murder in the death of his son, 13-month-old Johnathan Sanderlin.
SMH at the kids only being two months apart to begin with but that’s the least messed up part of this story.
Nicholson’s lawyer insisted the children climbed into the tub while their father was sleeping, but Wayne County Judge Vera Massey Jones rejected that theory, saying she believed Ella was intentionally drowned to cover up what may have been the accidental death of Nicholson’s son last fall.
Relatives of the children could have an opportunity to speak in court today. During the trial last month 28-year-old Sarah McGee, Johnathan’s mother, talked about losing custody of her son to his father and the last time she saw the toddler alive just a little more than three weeks before his death.
“It was a five-minute visitation because I had the police with me and I could not stay there,” McGee said. “That was the last time I seen Johnathan.”
McGee’s visit to see her son followed an e-mail she received from Ella’s mother, Tayler Stafford, which stated that Johnathan was being abused and neglected.
“When I went in, I wanted to look over his body to see if he had marks,” McGee said in court Tuesday. “I didn’t know if he was safe or not.”
McGee said her son appeared to be fine. She initially signed over Johnathan’s guardianship to her sister in 2009, but the following May, a Friend of the Court judge granted full custody to Nicholson. McGee admitted she did not regularly use her weekend visitation rights.
Allen Park police officers said they found Nicholson sitting on his bedroom floor with the toddlers lying side-by-side on their backs when they entered Nicholson’s apartment in the early morning hours of Oct. 19, just minutes after Nicholson called 911.
Officer Kevin Gersky said Nicholson was visibly upset and told him that he put the children to bed between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Oct. 18, then went to sleep himself about 10 p.m.
Nicholson, Gersky said, woke up about 2 a.m. Oct. 19 and noticed the floor was wet. Gersky said Nicholson told him that he then went to the bathroom, where he found Johnathan facedown in the tub and Ella facedown on the sink.
“He said in the last two days they learned to get out of their cribs,” Gersky said.
Likely story. SMH. It sounds like these poor kids never stood a chance. Their trifling mamas couldn’t take care of them and their trifling father took them out of the world.