A Judge in Schenectady found Gloria Nelligan guilty of beating her eight-year-old grandson to death. YNN's Innae Park has the latest from court.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "He wasn't just killed, he was made to suffer. He endured tremendous pain. All of that, coupled with being tied up and a sock put in his mouth, adds up to what would be torture for a child," said Christina Tremante, Schenectady County Assistant District Attorney.
That was the argument that led Judge Karen Drago to find Gloria Nelligan guilty in the murder of her grandson in February. Sha'hiim, 8, was beaten to death for stealing a pack of gum earlier that week.
"This went well beyond discipline. She was found guilty of murder, depraved murder, an uncaring state of mind. She didn't just hit him once. She hit him several dozen to several hundreds of times over a 12-hour period," explained Tremante.
"He didn't deserve the death he got for a pack of gum," said Keila Nelligan, the victim's mother.
Keila did not have custody of Sha'hiim, but testified against her mother during the 2-week trial.
She added, "She knows what happened and that's something she'll have to answer to God to."
Even in such a painful situation, vindication is not the only emotion being felt.
Keila said, "I would just let her know I love her. There's really no love lost. Despite what she did to my son, I don't hate her. She's my mom regardless. If it weren't for her, I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't have had my kids."
Tremante added, "She didn't just take away his life, she took away everything he could become."