Prosecutors in Illinois are planning to seek a death sentence for a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend's daughter after wasting juice on an Xbox video game console.
Johnathan Fair, 19, Waukegan, about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, was child-migration 4-year-old Skylar Mendez on December 13, when the incident occurred, Lake County News-Sun reported, referring to the Attorney General's office.
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Fair took the child in a hospital and claimed she fell and hit her head, accused prosecutors. He subsequently admitted that he shook Mendez "really hard" and beat her because she spilled juice on the console.
Fairly alleged Skylar Skylar down a hall as part of the punishment. He brought her to the hospital after she had gone out during the attack.
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Doctors tried failed to relieve the swelling of the Mendez brain and she died days later.
Fair was charged by a large jury on Wednesday at four counts of first-degree murder and held at $ 5 million bail at Lake County Prison.
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The 19-year-old lawyer told The Associated Press on Sunday that he is sure his client will eventually be acquitted.
Prosecutors announced on Thursday that they intend to seek a natural lifetime for the Fair if his case goes to trial. He is scheduled to be arrested on February 17th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.