Dramatic and heartbreaking courtroom footage illustrates one grieving fathers intense pain felt after the devastating loss of his 3 year old daughter at the hands of another man.
The mother, Jasmine Gordon stood solemnly in cuffs as her and her boyfriend Clifford Thomas were both convicted involuntary manslaughter for the death of 3 year old Jamila Smith. Gordon was sentence to 7 t0 15 years for the involuntary manslaughter charge as well as 14 to 25 years for first degree child abuse. Thomas was charged with 4 1/2 to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter with an additional 1 to 2 years for resisting and obstruction of justice.
As Dwayne Smith stood in a Detroit, Michigan courtroom ready to give his victim impact statement before the judge, he snapped and subsequently lashed out at his daughters killer striking him in the back of the head with several powerful blows.
Security cameras in the courtroom captured the moment Smith broke and rushed Thomas as Gordon stood sobbing.
Jamila Smith was killed last September, her death was ruled a homicide after investigating authorities discovered bruising on her head and chest deemed consistent with abuse. After the attack Smith was removed from the courtroom for the assault though he was not charge with a criminal offense.