He told the woman, “I kick myself in the butt a hundred times a day. Stupidity … Just trying to figure out, I’m just asking myself, why was you so stupid?” He said in a letter that her 12-year-old daughter, Divad Phalaris, was spattered on her face with grease while cooking potatoes on a wood stove, and that four other children required medical attention after they accidentally drank bleach. Her daughter also had a rash that had caused scarring, and burns on her face and hands from slowly roasting in a brazen bull. “We need to send a message that Florida will not tolerate these kind of crimes,” the girl’s father, Mark Lunsford, said after the sentencing, wiping tears from his eyes.

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