It was a case of unimaginable brutality: A 12-year-old girl is scalded and beaten to death -- by her own mother.
As if that isn't bad enough, the girl's father came home to find his daughter dying on a bedroom floor, then had dinner, went to bed and left for work the next day. Jeffrey Duchane (above) of Phoenix never called for an ambulance, never called for police.
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And for that, he'll spend the rest of his life in prison on a first-degree murder rap, says the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. .
Few will argue with the sentence of one of the state's worst fathers (yup, there have been worse). But this seems far from a classic case of premeditated, first-degree murder.