The parents of an 8-year-old girl stabbed, strangled and urinated on the child because they believe she was possessed by demons. They were then caught walking down an Atlanta street naked in subzero temperature with their other two children.
Years later, the mother filed an appeal with the state’s highest court challenging her life sentence for killing her daughter.
But on Monday, the state Supreme Court rejected Mrs. Valerie Carey’s claim that when she pleaded guilty to murdering her 8-year-old daughter, she did not do so knowingly, intelligently or voluntarily, as required.
In 2004, Ms. Carey was charged, along with her husband, with murder, aggravated assault, first-degree cruelty to children and aggravated battery in the death of their daughter, Quimani Carey.
According to prosecutors, Mrs. Carey and her husband, Mr. Christopher Carey, were staying in an extended-stay motel in downtown Atlanta on Pine Street with the girl and their other two young children.
“ On the night of Jan. 18, 2004, believing Quimani was possessed by demons, Christopher attacked his daughter and stabbed her repeatedly with such force that the knife blade broke off,” according to federal court documents. “He tried to snap the child’s neck before Valerie joined him in trying to strangle the child and jumping on her.
“In front of her siblings, the little girl was stabbed, strangled and urinated on, and her neck and other limbs were broken.”
The couple then took off their clothes, as well as the other children’s clothes, and the family left the hotel.
“They were walking down Piedmont Avenue nude in sub-freezing temperatures when police spotted them and arrested them,” the records show. “Police later found Quimani’s body at the motel.”
The state initially sought the death penalty against the couple. Mrs. Carey pleaded guilty to all charges to avoid the death penalty.
In her appeal to the Supreme Court, Mrs. Carey claimed that her guilty plea was invalid due to her documented mental illness and that she was not fully apprised of the nature of the charges against her.
She also claimed that she did not know the difference between committing malice murder and simply causing the death of another person.
“Accordingly, the record on its face demonstrates that Carey did in fact enter her plea knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently.”
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