UPDATE: Grandparents of scalded baby not eligible for parole until 2025
POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 7:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:05pm
Tyler, tx — UPDATE (WEDNESDAY, 4:50 pm): Kenneth and Shelley Walker were sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison each.
The couple will begin serving their sentence immediately and will not be eligible for parole until 2025.
UPDATE (WEDNESDAY, 11:45am): The sentencing phase is underway in a Smith County Courtroom for the grandparents who were found guily of injury to a child on Tuesday.
The prosecution is asking for life in prison, and the defense is requesting 5-10 years probation.
Delibration is in progress. KETK has a crew in the courtroom.
UPDATE (TUESDAY): An East Texas couple arrested for injury to a child was found guilty in a smith county courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
Kenneth Neal Walker, 55, Shelley Walker, 60, were taken into custody in February.
The grandparents were convicted of placing their 2-year-old granddaughter into scalding water in a bathtub at a house on Aberdeen in Tyler.
The toddler was severely burned on her feet and ankles. She was flown to a Dallas hospital when the incident took place.
The sentencing phase of the trial began immediately. The Walkers face anywhere from probation to life in prison.
ORIGINAL STORY: Closing arguments and jury deliberations are scheduled in a Tyler court room on Tuesday for the grandparents charged with injury to a child.
KETK was in the courtroom Monday as more evidence was presented.
Kenneth and Shelly Walker were arrested in March, accused of hurting their 2 year old granddaughter, Bridget Walker, when she was found to be severely burned on her feet and ankles during their care.
Reports indicated that the toddler had been placed into scalding bathtub water.
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