I can’t. A woman who admitting allowing her five-month-old daughter to be raped by a man she met online was handed down two consecutive life sentences without probation today.
22 year old Tessa L. Vanvlerah, from St Louis, was charged with first-degree statutory rape and sodomy, as well as incest and child pornography. Her attorneys failed to convince a judge that she should get probation because she suffers from a psychological disorder.
Dr. Brooke Kraushaar said a dependent-personality disorder caused Vanvlerah to participate in the sexual fantasies of Kenneth M. Kyle, 49, a college professor from California, even though she knew sex acts involving her then-five-month-old daughter were wrong.
Kyle, seen below, was sentenced to 37-and-a-half years in prison in March after pleading guilty of abusing the infant during several occasions in 2009. Along with hundreds of child porn images on Kyle’s computers, investigators found information that led them to the St Louis area, where Kyle visited Vanvlerah four times in five months since meeting online.
During those visits, prosecutors say the pair had sex with the girl and each other at various hotels. Dr. Kraushaar also told the court that the 22-year-old was so afraid of being rejected by others that she also allowed Kyle to choke, burn and urinate on her.
But prosecutors said Vanvlerah exercised free will when she started communicating online with Kyle and sharing child pornography. She also carved his name into her arm at his request but refused when he suggested bestiality.
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