Barbaric parents from Michigan were sentenced to life in prison without parole as the brutal starvation death of their 5-year-old daughter defied “explanation or understanding,” a judge said Thursday.
Andrew Maison and Hilery Maison were accused of abusing and torturing little Mackenzie in their Port Huron home. The diabolical white father and stepmother were convicted in January of first-degree murder, child abuse and torture.
St. Clair County Circuit Judge Daniel Kelly passed sentence on the couple on Thursday, but said others who “chose to do nothing are … equally responsible for this crime,” according to reports.
“…It’s unfathomable how parents could not only allow that to happen, but to purposefully cause that to happen,” prosecutor Mona Armstrong said. “That is a specific special kind of evil.”
A malnourished Mackenzie was suffering from severe pneumonia when paramedics found her unresponsive in May. There were also signs of physical abuse.
Mackenzie’s little sister, 3-year-old Makayla, was also found malnourished, but her weight has doubled in the last six months, according to reports.
Her biological mother said Makayla is a very active child. “She doesn’t settle down … still smiling, still bubbly,” Shelby Coffee said after the sentencing.
Coffee said Mackenzie would have turned six on March 3.
“Even though Mackenzie was a strong soldier, she didn’t make it, but Mackenzie is always Makayla’s angel,” Coffee said during the hearing.
“She’ll always be a spiritual role model, not only for her little sisters, but for me, my family and this community.”