Andrea Bradley: Mom in 'tortured toddler' case could get death penalty

Bradley will return to court Oct. 6
'Tortured' toddler's mom may get death penalty
Posted at 5:51 AM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 12:57:33-04

CINCINNATI -- A woman who Hamilton County officials accused of torturing her 2-year-old daughter to death was defiant when she appeared in court Thursday morning as prosecutors investigated whether she is eligible for the death penalty.

"It don't matter what I want," said Andrea Bradley, who is charged with aggravated murder in the death of little Glenara Bates. "Give the world what they want. If they want the death penalty, give it to 'em. I don't care."

Tests show that Andrea Bradley has an IQ of 67, below the threshold for the death penalty. As her attorneys asked Judge Ruehlman to continue Thursday’s hearing so they could renegotiate a plea deal with prosecutors, Bradley blurted out that she didn't care.

Bradley will be back in court Oct. 6. Bradley chose not to take a plea deal that would have given her 15 years behind bars in May. This decision meant her case would head to trial. 

These deliberations come one day after a jury recommended death for Bradley's boyfriend Glen Bates. Bates was convicted of killing his daughter after banging her head against a wall.

The little girl weighed just 13 pounds at the time of her death, her tiny frame riddled with lashes, bite marks and bruises from years of abuse. In court, the defense claimed the toddler got those prior injuries from Bradley and not from her father, who had only recently returned to the family's home in East Price Hill.

If the case against Bradley goes to trial and she's convicted of aggravated murder, she could become only the second woman on death row in the state of Ohio.

The prosecutor has previously said he'd like to see Bradley and Bates sentenced to death.

"If they get executed, God bless them, I’d like to see it,” Deters said in April 2015.

Ultimately, a judge will decide whether Bates will be sentenced to death. That hearing comes Oct. 17.