Incredibly, Kimberly Trenor is not facing the death penalty if found guilty of capital murder.
Allen told jurors in her opening statements that Riley Ann, who was known as "Baby Grace" after her body was found washed up on the banks of Galveston Bay in a storage tub, was killed July 25, 2007, because she forgot to say "please" and "yes, sir" to Trenor and her husband, Royce Zeigler II.
Allen said Riley was punished by being hit with a belt, her head pushed against a pillow and her head held under water. Zeigler then picked up the child and threw her across the room, fracturing her skull. Neither Trenor nor Zeigler did anything to help Riley as she lay on the floor dying.
Reaching Out for Help
"To the very end, Riley said, 'I love you' to her mom. She's reaching out," Allen told jurors. "That's her lifeline, to her mother. What does Kim do after hearing her say I love you? She starts beating her."
After Riley died, the couple bought a plastic storage container, stuffed her body inside and put it in a storage shed for two months. They later threw the tub into Galveston Bay. It was found by a fisherman after washing up on shore.
During his opening statement, defense attorney Tommy Stickler Jr. told the jury that Trenor, 20, never intended to kill her daughter in 2007 and that disciplining the child just "spun out of control."
"I don't want to use the word accident, but this wasn't something that was intentional," Stickler told the jury.
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