Despite being on the run, child killer Frank O’Dea was sentenced by a Brampton judge to 15 years in prison.
“This is among the cruellest crimes I have seen as a trial judge,” said an emotional Superior Court Justice Deena Baltman.
“For a father to sit by day after day, week after week, and watch his daughter wither away from hunger is almost impossible to comprehend. It takes a unique kind of depravity to commit this crime — especially given that throughout Victoria’s long and agonizing slide to death, Mr. O’Dea fed himself just fine.”
O’Dea, 49, skipped bail after he was convicted on July 29 of manslaughter in the starvation of his 21-month-old daughter Victoria.
The little girl was at the centre of a vicious custody battle between her unemployed father and her mom Hiliary Ashley.
O’Dea had sole custody.
“She was at his complete mercy,” the judge said.
Up until six weeks before her death on April 20, 2015, O’Dea properly cared for Victoria and took her regularly to her doctor. But then she became a pawn in his bitter obsession with denying visitation to the girl’s mother, Baltman said.
Victoria then “plunged downhill.”
After O’Dea called 911 to report his daughter had stopped breathing, paramedics found her withered and emaciated. On death she weighed just 16 pounds — equivalent to what she’d been at seven-and-a-half months old.
She was slowly starved to death over three to four weeks.
“This was not an impulsive act of a parent lashing out in frustration at a child or a temporary lapse in judgment,” Baltman said. “His prolonged indifference to Victoria’s suffering is shocking.”
“In sum, it was a long, lonely and wretched decline for an utterly innocent child,” the judge added.