In March of 2015, six-year-old, Isaiah Torres, died from injuries sustained from severe abuse and trauma. His parents — Mauricio and Cathy Torres — were arrested and charged with capital murder and first degree battery.
The father was sentenced to die in 2016, and is currently locked up on death row.
Cathy Torres’ punishment was delivered Wednesday at the Benton County Courthouse. She avoided the death penalty and pleaded guilty today to her two charges.
She’ll now live the rest of her life behind prison walls.
Benton County prosecutor, Nathan Smith, says she got what she deserved.
“I wasn’t surprised, I was gratified that Kathy admitted her guilt on this,” Smith said. “It was important to give validity to the crime to have both of these parents be held accountable for their roles so I think that was important in the case.”
Cathy Torres accepted a plea deal which cannot be appealed. Her part in the crime is closed.
But an appeals process is expected to take place for Isaiah’s father, Mauricio, who faces the death penalty.
“Every time there’s a death penalty, they’re going to be appeals for that case, but for Kathy this ends and her case, she has waived her rights to appeal so she will spend the rest of her natural life in prison for what she did and I think that is a just sentence,” Smith said.
Among those in attendance at today’s hearing, Bella Vista Chief of Police Ken Farmer and Captain Tim Cook. Two people who felt the hardship of the case during the investigation.
“Any murder case is a difficult case but that’s compounded when it involves the death of a child,” Farmer said. “That’s extremely hard sometimes for the officers to live with so anytime you have closure like this it helps.”
“You can’t investigate a case like this without it affecting you and some degree,” Cook said. “Nobody wants to see the death of a young child, but we took an oath as law enforcement to investigate cases like this and to speak for those who can’t speak anymore and to bring those to justice that need to be brought to justice.”
“I hope all of us will continue to remember Isaiah Torres. His life was cut short and he was one that never got to experience everything that was out there, so that’s what I hope everyone will remember is that young six-year-old boy that didn’t get a chance to do that and maybe everyone can get a chance to say a prayer for him.”