The Nation

Jurors in Miami convicted Charles Griffith of first-degree murder for killing his comatose 3-year-old daughter in her hospital crib. Griffith, 25, sentenced to life in prison, never denied he shot his daughter, Joy, twice in the heart on June 28 as she lay comatose in a crib at Miami Children's Hospital. But the defense claimed he was insane at the time--distraught by the knowledge his child had suffered irreversible brain damage. Joy had been in a coma since Oct. 23, 1984, when her head became wedged in the footrest of a chair.

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