New Iberia man convicted of girl's 1st-degree murder,2nd degree cruelty in boy's scalding


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NEW IBERIA, Louisiana — A New Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old girl and scalding her 3-year-old brother.

The Daily Iberian reports ( ) that District Judge Charles Porter recently sentenced 29-year-old Jamal Charles.

Charles was convicted Sept. 15 in a bench trial. Investigators testified that he beat Rayneisha Hudson with a hammer and put the girl and her brother Raymon into a bathtub of 180-degree water.

At the time, the children's mother was Charles' girlfriend.

KATC-TV reports ( ) that forensic pathologist Christopher Tape testified that the girl had been hit in many places, and some of the injuries were days old.

Rayneisha Hudson died Jan. 27, 2011.

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