Man Who Was Filmed Drowning Stepdaughter in Hotel Swimming Pool Sentenced to 100 Years

Lucy Clarke-Billings
Man throws stepdaughter into swimming pool

A man who was filmed repeatedly throwing his 3-year-old step-daughter into a swimming pool, causing her to drown, has been jailed for 100 years.

Surveillance footage showed the man, identified only as Jose David N., throwing the small child into the water at a hotel in the city of Morelia, in Michoacan, Mexico, in August 2015.

She is seen battling to keep herself afloat, while her step-father stands watching at the side of the pool doing nothing. At times, he holds her underwater and teases her by throwing a float into the water, just out of her reach.

The incident took place on August 12, 2015, while the little girl’s mother was sleeping in their hotel room. The mother claims she found her daughter lifeless in front of the television, and had no idea she had been murdered until she saw the CCTV footage.

Other swimmers can be seen on surveillance, but they do nothing to intervene or help.

Jose David N. stayed silent throughout his murder trial and did not testify. Prosecutors had recommended a prison sentence of up to 40 years but a judge made his punishment more severe after reviewing the footage.

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