A FATHER who tried to kill his ailing seven-year-old daughter with drain cleaner and painkillers will spend up to 18 years in prison.
Christopher Conley used a medical device to inject Liquid-Plumr and then overdosed her with pain medication in 2015, according to authorities.
Conley was sentenced this week to 16-to-18 years in prison in connection with the attempted murder of the young girl, who barely survived.
"She was sentenced to life in prison," a prosecutor said, according to Western Mass News.
"A prison controlled by her injured body. A prison controlled by her injured mind."
The 37-year-old Conley injected the cleaner into her cecostomy tube in an effort to try to kill her, according to court documents obtained by Western Mass News.
He said in his confession to police that he poisoned his daughter in an attempt to end her suffering, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
A Massachusetts jury would find him guilty of attempted murder, assault and battery of a child by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury.
"I think it must have been a really hard job for the jury," Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano told the Gazette.
"The child got some justice today and I think that's important."
The girl, who is now 12, sees a therapist to help handle the physical and psychological trauma that was done to her.
"She continues to deal with the unknown: the unknown of why this was done with her, the unknown of what she will have to face in the future, the unknown of whether her reproductive organs have been damaged and whether she will ever be able to have children of her own," her adoptive mother told the Gazette.
The mom added that the young victim "now lives with multiple physical and emotional scars."
"She will live with these scars for the rest of her life."
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 18-to-20 years. Judge Richard Carey called the crimes "intentional and horrific" when he issued the sentence, according to the Gazette.
Conley's former wife Julie Conley has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to the attack on her daughter.
Her trial is scheduled to begin next month.
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