When Ohioan Devante M. Gibbs was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for raping a two-year-old girl and then placing her in scaldingly hot bathtub water to hide the evidence in 2013, he definitely got what he deserved.
He maintained his innocence throughout the whole entire trial, but at the very end, he made a shocking admission.
While he claimed that yes, the girl was in the extremely hot bathtub and that it was his fault, he said that he couldn’t possibly have committed the sexual assault because the young girl had chlamydia and he didn’t have it!
Despite the obvious can of worms this opens (i.e. how could he have known this girl had an STD?), he could have very easily used protection to carry out this sinister deed. Either way, there are a lot of inconsistencies in Mr. Gibbs’ story.
For example, he claimed that the reason why the child got into the bathtub is because he thought the water was too hot for him and he went outside to smoke. Well, why didn’t he go ahead and get the water adjusted before he left?
And in regard to the child having an STD, why is it he waited until the end of the trial to let this supposed “revelation” be known?
There are lots of questions regarding this case, and it simply doesn’t add up…
It also doesn’t help that despite Mr. Gibbs’ proclamations of innocence, he hasn’t always conducted himself in the best manner.
For example, Devante Gibbs escaped from the Lorain (OH) County Justice Center while the jury was deliberating on February 10th.
They found him guilty in absentia, the Federal U.S. Marshall’s Service tracked him down to a relative’s house in Long Beach, CA, and Gibbs was extradited back to Ohio on March 3rd.
However, regardless of his less-than-stellar behavior, even to his sentencing date, Gibbs was still proclaiming his innocence. He said that he had hired a private investigator to clear his name and that he wouldn’t even think of raping anyone, much less a baby.
However, the mother of the child wasn’t having it.
Although she is now living in another state, a prepared statement from her was read to the courtroom.
“Throughout this process, the defendant has shown time and again that he is a disgusting human being who has no remorse for what he did to my daughter.
“The horror I will have to go through when I explain to her why she has these scars when she gets older is something no mother should have to face.
“It will be very hard for me to explain how someone can be so sinister and violate a person’s innocence at just two years old.”
Considering what this man has put this mother and her daughter through, there is no question that life in prison is an appropriate punishment.