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Man Sentenced to Life for Murdering Girlfriend's 18-Month-Old Daughter

Adrian Allen pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and child endangerment on Tuesday and was sentenced to life in prison.

A Bristol man was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in the death of an 18-month-old Bensalem girl, according to reports.

Adrian Allen, 28, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of his girlfriend's daughter, Barbara Camille Adams of Bensalem, ABC6 and Phillyburbs reported. Allen also pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the child's death and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, according to a Phillyburbs article.

The child's mother, Nakia Adams was in the courtroom, according to the article, when Allen looked at her and said, "I truly am sorry from the bottom of my heart... I hope what happens today brings you some kind of closure, brings some kind of peace."

Patch reported back in March that Allen had been babysitting Adams and her two sisters at the Creekside Apartment complex on the 2500 block of Knights Road in Bensalem on the weekend of February 24 to 26 when she sustained severe head trauma. The mother was out of town when the incident occurred.

Allen originally said that Barbara Adams was inured when chairs fell on her while he was babysitting, the Phillyburbs article said. Later he said that he "snapped" when changing her diaper and admitted to kicking her in the head while he was wearing heavy boots. 

After the fatal trauma occurred, Allen left Adams on the floor having seizures for several hours before calling her mother, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said during a press conference in March. Allen called his girlfriend on Feb. 26 and said that her daughter was sick and vomiting.

When Nakia Adams returned home that day she found her daughter unresponsive in her crib and took her to St. Mary Medical Center. The child was then flown to St. Christopher’s Hospital.

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During the March press conference, Heckler said the 18-month-old had broken ribs, a broken arm and leg, cigarette lighter burns, a bite mark on her arm and bruising all over her body, according to an autopsy conducted by forensic pathologist Ian Hood. Hood said the cause of death was the head injury and the manner of death was homicide.

Heckler added that the child was abused for "weeks if not months" prior to this incident that led to the child's death.

In court on Jan. 29, prosecutor Matt Weintraub said that the child's mother missed obvious signs that her daughter was being abused, Phillyburbs reported.

Nakia Adams did not speak in court, and Weintraub told Phillyburbs that his office is still considering charges against her.

Roxanne Shust-Santone January 30, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Great! More of my tax dollars will go keep this scum healthy, warm & fed. Can I or anyone kick him around? Prison is too good for them!
Disgusted January 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Man, that's hard to read, let alone think about. How could her mon listen to this? And how did she miss the signs? I know love can make u blind, but cigarette burns on ur baby's body should be like putting on a new pair of glasses.
Bonnie January 30, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Certainly is hard to read & think about. Poor defenseless innocent little girl. Another senseless act of violence! What is happening to people in this world. Hopefully fellow inmates break his ribs, arm & leg & burn the crap out of his arms with cigarettes & then kick him in his head. Piece of $&#%. Mother should also be prosecuted for not noticing signs that their baby was being abused & being with someone like that. Who knows??....she might've had a hand in the abuse as well. RIP Baby Barbara Adams.
elle February 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Yes prison is too good for that animal! The mother is guilty as well and they both deserve no mercy!
Andy G February 21, 2013 at 04:32 PM
The sad truth is when this piece of shit goes up state he'll go to Graterford for about 2 weeks for quarantine and then sent to Camp Hill for Classification and he'll spend about 4 months there and because he's a child killer, he'll be sent to what is known as a P.C. Jail (Protective Custody) some of these prisons are Like S.C.I. WAYMART, Laurell Highlands, Greensburg and there's a few more. But basically he won't get sent to Graterford, Huntingdon, Somerset, Greene or RockView Witch are very violent prisons and where this scumbag would get hurt. They do the same for Child MOLESTERS and cops that get sent to prison . I know all of this because I did 6 years at S.C.I. Somerset for Armed Robbery back in the 90's. I just wish they would send this scumbag to a hardcore prison because there and only there would he get what's owed to him!...

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