An Illinois woman —called a “monster” by her own brother and a “demon” by a judge — has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for fatally beating her 4-year-old son to death.
Crystal Valdez was convicted in September of first-degree murder for the killing of her son, Christopher. During her trial, a medical examiner testified that the boy died of a “total of 54 blunt-force injuries, both internal and external,” according to court records.
Joe Valdez, her brother, found the dead boy’s body “covered in bruises” on a bed in the small Chicago house Crystal Valdez shared with her husband, Cesar Ruiz, and their three other children, according to court records. It was the day after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2011 — the boy’s fourth birthday.
On Wednesday, Crystal Valdez was sentenced for the killing, and her brother faced her in court. “You’re a monster,” he told her, before Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks gave her 35 years in prison, according to the Chicago Trubune.
Ruiz, Crystal Valdez' husband and Christopher’s father, was tried seperately, co