Mom of 'tortured' toddler will stand trial despite low IQ of 67

Andrea Bradley won't face death penalty
Mom of 'tortured' toddler will stand trial despite low IQ of 67
Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 24, 2017

CINCINNATI -- Andrea Bradley, the mother of Glenara Bates -- the two-year-old who police say was tortured to death -- will stand trial but won't face the death penalty.

Tests show that Bradley has an IQ of 67, below the threshold for the death penalty. In October, her attorneys asked for a continuance so that they could negotiate a plea deal, but Bradley blurted out -- in open court -- that she didn't care.

"It don't matter what I want," Bradley said. "Give the world what they want. If they want the death penalty, give it to 'em. I don't care."

Bradley also chose not to take a plea deal that would have given her 15 years behind bars in May. She's charged with aggravated murder. The girl's father, Glen Bates, was sentenced to death.

Hamilton County officials say Bradley and Bates tortured and neglected the 2-year-old girl so severely she died. 

The deputy coroner who performed the toddler's autopsy testified duringGlen Bates' trial in September called Glenara's death "one of the worst I've ever seen."

Hamilton County Deputy Coroner Dr. Jennifer Schott said Glenara Bates weighed only 13 pounds when she died, less than half the average weight of a 2-year-old. Schott also testified that Glenara was covered in "C-shaped scars," determined to be bite marks.

Schott also highlighted severe diaper rash that extended from Glenara's lower back to her thighs. During Bates' taped interrogation, he said Glenara was often made to sleep in a downstairs bathtub because of a bed-wetting problem. Prosecutors said the tub was filled with feces.

The deputy coroner said she believes Glenara could have survived had she been taken to a hospital.