Texas Mother Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For Strangling 3-Year-Old Daughter Who Had Issues Potty Training

October 16, 2013  |  

Janice Renee Anthony of Fort Worth, Texas was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for strangling her 3-year-old daughter, Paris Howard, to death, the Star-Telegram reports.

19-year-old Janice is said to have strangled the toddler in a fit of rage after little Paris continuously urinated on herself during potty training. The incident occurred during September of 2012. Initially, the teen mom called police officers to her home, claiming that her daughter had fallen down a flight of steps and that she was unable to revive her. Once authorities arrived on the scene, they grew suspicious when they noticed multiple bruises on the child’s body. After probing into Janice’s past and continuously questioning her about the incident, two things were revealed. One, Janice had a previous case open with child protective services. Two, she had stricken the toddler several times while trying to potty train her. Toxicology reports later revealed that Paris died as a result of strangulation.

Ironically, Janice was pregnant with a baby boy at the time of her arrest. She gave birth just days after being charged for Paris’ death. The teen mom’s newborn son was placed in foster care. In court, Janice’s attorney, Richard A. Henderson, defended her by stating that his client was also a victim of child abuse growing up.

“That gave us a little more insight because normally, people don’t do these type of things. She did not get much support from her family. I think it was the best outcome for everyone,” Henderson said after sentencing.

Janice is required to serve at least 17.5 years of her 35-year sentence before she can be considered for parole.

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