Michigan parents who killed their three-year-old daughter while training to go to the bathroom and then buried her body will face up to 40 years in prison.
Erika Finley, 29, and Khairy Simon, 27, murdered their daughter Kimora, put her body in a backpack and buried her near the railroad tracks near her house in Flint.
Finley was sentenced to 15 and 40 years in prison for Kimora's death in 2015. He was also sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for second-degree child abuse, which will be executed concurrently with the murder sentence.
Simon was sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison. He received a lighter sentence because he tried to help the authorities locate Kimora's body.
The girl's remains were never found. The police believe that they may have been taken for animals.
Erika Finley, 29, (photographed during her sentencing on Wednesday) was sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison after she killed her three-year-old daughter while teaching her to go to the bathroom in 2015
Khairy Simon, 27, (pictured on Wednesday) will also face up to 40 years in prison for the death of his daughter. He confessed to having buried Kimora near his home in Flint, Michigan
Simon revealed in June that Finley repeatedly hit Kimora and hit her with an extension cord while trying to train her.
He said he tried to stop Finley, but that she was "much bigger" than him and that "at that moment, he felt he had to express his opinion".
Simon revealed in June that Finley repeatedly hit Kimora (pictured) and hit her with an extension cord while trying to train her.
Simon told the judge that Finley had put Kimora's body in a trash bag before putting it in a backpack. Then he buried his daughter in his house.
Authorities have said they believe that both Finley and Simon killed Kimora together.
Genesee Circuit Judge Geoffrey L Neithercut was not restrained when he pronounced the sentences on Wednesday, calling the parents "selfish."
"Miss Finley, you have a stain on your soul," he said in court.
"The heinous act you did makes all the mothers in this community wonder why, and all the parents in this community are horrified."
Finley previously challenged charges such as second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse in the presence of another child, tampering with evidence, lying to a police officer and welfare fraud.
Simon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and the removal of a corpse without permission from the coroner.
Simon told the judge that Finley had put Kimora's body in a trash bag before putting it in a backpack. Then he buried his daughter in his house
Finley must also pay $ 7,386 in restitution after collecting welfare checks to Kimora for more than a year and a half after murdering his daughter. She appears here hiding her face before her sentence on Wednesday
Neithercut said both would have received life in prison if the case had gone to trial and a jury found them guilty.
Instead, both Finley and Simon decided to accept plea agreements this summer.
Finley must also pay $ 7,386 in restitution after cashing welfare checks to Kimora for more than a year and a half after murdering his daughter, according to The Flint Journal.
An investigation into the parents began after someone reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that they might be abusing their child.
When a department employee asked where Kimora was, Finley said he was in Detroit with Simon.
But Simon provided a contradictory story about Kimora, raising red flags.
An investigation into the parents began after someone reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that they might be abusing their child
Relatives later revealed that they had not seen Kimora in more than a year and eight-month-old Simon's girlfriend said she had never met her daughter.
Both Finley and Simon read apologies during their sentencing on Wednesday.
"I can not say how much I miss Kimora," Finley wrote. & # 39; I can not tell you how sorry I am & # 39;
"I realize that I have to be punished, I know that no matter how much time I spend, I will not get my daughter back."
Neithercut was not impressed with Finley's letter and said he "tried to pass part of the blame" on Simon.
Judge Geoffrey L Neithercut (photographed on Wednesday) of Genesee was not restrained when he delivered the sentences on Wednesday, calling the parents "selfish"
"You could have stopped what happened," he said. "Then I discovered that he had the audacity to charge welfare for more than a year after the death of this child."
"What fraud in this city."
Simon apologized in his letter and added: "I want to apologize to everyone for the fact that this situation has affected."
Neithercut called Simon's "participation" in the murder "selfish and cruel and sad".
Both Finley and Simon will be eligible for probation in 15 years or less.
The two Kimora brothers now live with a foster family that plans to adopt them permanently.