Father's impact statement brings court to tears - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Father's impact statement brings court to tears

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

After Judge Jim Bob Darnell read the verdict pronouncing 21-year-old Trenard Nunley guilty as charged, Jalen's father Andre Shaw burst into tears.

Shaw said he has been caring for Jalen and his injuries ever since he got out of the burn hospital last year. He said it has been a very rocky road ever since.

After Nunley was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Shaw took the witness stand again. This time it was not to testify but to read a victim impact statement that brought the courtroom to tears.

"The amount of fear and pain that has been inflicted in my little guy's life cannot be expressed by words alone," Shaw said. "Here we have a little innocent guy who is going to have to answer to scars for the rest of his life."

Crimes against children prosecutor Barron Slack said unfortunately child abuse is a common thing we see in our society.

"I think Mr. Shaw pointed out a trend that we see in society with a lot of kids getting hurt in different ways. And obviously everybody feels for that, but someone in his perspective really does," Slack said.

During Shaw's testimony in court earlier this week, he said after Jalen got out of the hospital he could not walk because his injuries were so bad. He said Jalen had to be potty trained all over again because of fear of using the bathroom.

Deputy District Attorney Sunshine Stanek said this was one of the worst burn cases she has ever seen.

"This has been a very difficult week. Some very tough evidence to view, as in any child abuse case, but definitely one of the worst burn cases we have seen in the past years in Lubbock County," Stanek said.

"When I walked into the burn hospital for the first time and saw Jalen, he was laying there numb and defeated," Shaw said.

In reference to Nunley and Jalen's mother, Candace Sanders, Shaw said, "I have no respect for either one of these animals."

At the end of his statement, Shaw said, "It is up to us as people of the community to stand up and put a stop to abuse to our children."

When Shaw stepped down from the stand, Trenard Nunley's mother grabbed him, embraced him, and said she was sorry for everything that he and Jalen had to go through this past year. Nunley's mother said that she loves them very much.

PDF: Handwritten statement from victim's father

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