Michigan Parents Will Do No Less Than 12 Years Behind Bars For Death Of 3-Year-Old Daughter Who Was Never Found
While the child in question has never been found, the parents of a missing toddler have finally been charged in her death. It’s been reported that the Michigan parents received a harsh sentence for the disappearance and ultimate murder of their daughter.
Three-year-old Kimora Monique Simon had reportedly been missing for months when Michigan child welfare officials came asking about her after her older brother’s teacher voiced concerns that he was being abused. An employee of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services began to look into suspicions that Kimora’s 5-year-old brother was being physically abused at home. This led to the questions about the disappearance of little Kimora and the heartbreaking truth it would reveal.
The discovery was utterly shocking, Kimora had been killed over a year earlier by her parents, her mom Erika Finley, of Flint, and her dad Khairy Simon, of Detroit. Simon later testified in court to the horrific crime. Simon, 27, testified that he and 29-year-old Finley were beating Kimora to punish her for not properly potty training. He stated that at some point, Finley repeatedly hit her daughter with her fist and an extension cord. “I tried to stop her, but she’s domineering,” he said in court, “She’s much bigger than me. And at that time, she felt like she had to get her point across.”
To make things even more disturbing, Finley was reportedly still drawing welfare benefits for her daughter even after she killed her. After Kimora was dead, Simon testified that he buried her body along nearby train tracks. Her remains have still never been found, the district attorney in the case thinks it’s because animals likely ate Kimora’s remains, this is what likely halted a homicide prosecution for the couple and instead resulted in plea deals for them.
Now, Finley and Simon have officially been sentenced for the death of young Kimora. Finley was sentenced earlier this week to 15 to 40 years in prison, according to a prosecutor’s spokesman. Simon was also sentenced the same day and he received 12 to 40 years. Simon pleaded guilty to the charges against him, while Finley pleaded no contest.
After both parents read sympathetic letters in court about the love they have for their daughter and their heartbreak over her death, the judge in the case wasn’t buying their sentiments and let them know via a verbal lashing.
He reportedly stated:
“Ms. Finley — you have a stain on your soul,” he said, MLive.com reports. “The heinous act that you did causes every mother in this community to wonder why. Every parent in this community is appalled. You tried to shift some of the blame to the other gentleman,” he told Finley. “You could have stopped what happened.”
Of Simon, the judge said, “Your participation in all of this was selfish and cruel and sad. Just sad. This poor defenseless child.”
After the sentencing, Kimora’s two older brothers were placed with a foster family and are hoping to be adopted. Rest in heaven, little Kimora.