A DeKalb County father is blaming the Bible after he killed his five-month-old son. Benjamin Edetanlen was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday.
Edetanlen said Proverbs: 13 taught him “Spare the rod. Spoil the child.” But prosecutors said he went too far and his discipline ended his 5-month-old child’s life.
Right after the judge sentenced Edetanlen he walked by Channel 2’s camera and smiled.
Prosecutors said what happened in his home in 2004 was no laughing matter.
DeKalb County assistant DA Dalia Racine said Edetanlen beat his 5-month-old, his 2-year-old daughter and another 1-year-old son, using the Bible to justify it.
“The defendant stated that he disciplined the children according to the book of Proverbs in the bible,” Racine argued in court.
Prosecutors said the baby died from blunt force trauma. He had brain injuries and a broken leg.
Edetanlen’s attorney said he loves his children and was trying to discipline them according to scripture.
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