A convicted child abuser has been jailed in Nebraska for 52 years for repeatedly hanging his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter – and filming her as she passed out and regained consciousness.
David J. Coleman, 38, was sentenced Tuesday in Omaha for inflicting the shocking abuse on the little girl, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
He was initially charged with attempted murder but accepted a plea deal for two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
“There was extreme violence here,” Douglas County District Judge Duane Dougherty said in sentencing him. “When someone harms a child that age — or no matter the age — in that nature, it’s as bad as it gets.”
The horror ordeal unfolded on Dec. 14 last year when Coleman filmed himself wrapping a pink scarf around the little girl’s neck on two separate occasions.
The girl survived the chokings but police were only alerted days later when her mother found the shocking videos on her boyfriend’s phone.
One of the videos showed Coleman hanging the little girl from a shelving unit as she repeatedly lost consciousness.
“(Coleman) could be seen grabbing her roughly by the chest and lifting her with the ligature still tied to her neck to release pressure just enough to allow her to breathe, gasp, cry and gurgle, before dropping her in a hanging position, again, only to restart the previous cycle,” Omaha Police Detective Alexis Boults wrote in his report.
Police said that incident continued for five minutes.
The second video showed the girl in her car seat as Coleman wrapped the same pink scarf around her neck.
“The victim can be seen on video turning red and blue in the face,” Boults wrote in the report, adding that the little girl couldn’t even cry because the scarf was pulled too tightly.
Coleman later blamed his brutal actions on methamphetamine.
He has prior child abuse convictions, including one incident where a child suffered broken bones and burns from a heating pad.
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