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Father gets 60 years in prison for trying to sell his 4-year-old daughter for sex

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TEXAS — A Wisconsin man, who authorities said posted an advertisement on Craigslist to sell his then-4-year-old daughter for sex, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison, according to multiple reports.

Andrew James Turley was sentenced Friday after a jury in Harris County, Texas, convicted him of trafficking a child and compelling prostitution of someone under the age of 18, prosecutors said.

The sentence comes more than two years after Turley caught the attention of Houston police officers who saw a Craigslist ad called ‘Play with Daddie’s Little Girl.’

Turley,30, was convicted of ‘trafficking a child and compelling prostitution of someone under the age of 18,’ the Houston Chronicle reported.

Turley described his daughter as ‘younger than 10’ as he arranged for a meeting with a potential client in more than 70 email exchanges, according to the Harris County district attorney’s office.

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He told the client in several emails that he would give the child some sleep medication ahead of the encounter and that he charges $1,000 for two hours. The district attorney’s office said Turley implied that his daughter “might be too young for intercourse but everything else was OK.”

Unbeknown to Turley, the client was an undercover police officer.

Turley was arrested in November 2015, after the undercover officer showed up at a Houston apartment where the child was living with her mother. Turley was in Houston to visit with his daughter, prosecutors said.

The girl was in a bedroom, unresponsive and lying naked under a blanket, ABC affiliate KTRK reported. The child’s mother, who was not charged, did not know what Turley was doing, KTRK reported.

“This case broke my heart,” said Stewanna Miskell, one of the assistant district attorneys who prosecuted the case. “A father is supposed to be a protector not a predator. Jurors saw the need to keep him out of our community.”

Turley was sentenced to 30 years on each of the two charges. He will not be eligible for parole until he’s 75.

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Man shots dead his 6-month-old son after wife refused to have sex with him

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A Brazilian man has allegedly shot dead his six-month-old son after his wife refused to have sex with him.

Police have charged Maycon Salustiano Silva, 25, with killing his son in the early hours of Wednesday morning after arguing with his 20-year-old wife Jeniffer at their home in Luziania, Brazil, DailyMail reported.

The baby, named Michel, was pronounced dead in the hospital two hours after the incident.

The accused allegedly claimed he had been drinking and smoking marijuana and ‘didn’t remember what happened.’

Detective Daniel Martins Ferreira, investigating the case, said police believe Silva shot the infant at point blank range ‘in a moment of rage.’

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‘We believe the suspect, in a moment of rage when he didn’t get what he wanted, shot the child at point blank range by resting the gun on the baby’s chest as he lay in the cot in his parent’s bedroom,’ he told local media.

A 22 gauge pistol was recovered tucked down the back of a sofa in the family’s living room, along with several rounds of ammunition.

‘The mother reported that her husband woke her up and wanted to have sex with her. She said she was tired and ‘did not want to’.

‘He then apparently became irritated and physically assaulted her in the argument that followed.’

In the midst of the quarrel, it is claimed Silva went to get some water but returned with a gun which he pointed at his wife.

‘At first he allegedly threatened to kill wife Jeniffer. She begged her husband to stay calm, but he only became angrier,’ Ferreira said.

‘She claims he turned the gun on their son and pointed the gun at his chest while demanding if she believed he had the courage to shoot their child. Then he allegedly shot the baby.’

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Neighbours who heard the woman’s screams called the police around 1.30am. Approximately two hours after police were called, an ambulance arrived at the family’s home. The infant was rushed to an emergency unit, but pronounced dead on arrival.

Silva, who has no previous criminal record, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and the illegal possession of a weapon. He is also accused of domestic violence.

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