CLEVELAND – The parents of little Devin Wilder (pictured, right) got some measure of justice on Tuesday as the teen-ager responsible for his death learned her fate, 19/43 News' Harry Boomer reported.
Devin was killed while in a foster home after being taken from his parents. The 2-year-old died after being shaken violently by 15-year-old Ellen Crum.
"Last Christmas, we had a beautiful Christmas," Devin's father, Ricky Wilder, said in a Cleveland courtroom on Tuesday. "This year, you know what he's getting for Christmas? Nothing but a tree -- a little tree on his grave."
The heartbreaking story of Devin's death began when the county took him and his baby sister, Makenna, from his parents. Makenna had suffered multiple broken bones and fractures that her parents said was because of brittle bone disease, but Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services accused them of hurting the child, so they took Devin and placed him in a foster home -- the same home in which he died at the hands of Crum.
"What you did to my son is unimaginable," Ricky told Crum in court. "It's unthinkable.
"I can't hold him. I can't tell him I love him. I can't see his beautiful face -- a face I saw before his own mother saw his face."
"He'll never be able to start school or any other of the things he may have wanted to do," Devin's mother, Antoinette Artale, told Crum. "You took all that away from him."
Crum was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. She will be in jail until she's at least 21 years of age.