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Man Killed Granddaughter for Cake

September 15, 1998 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) _ A man has been convicted of strangling his 3-year-old granddaughter because she licked icing off cupcakes.

David Andrew Douglas, 49, a restaurant dish washer, faces either a death sentence or life in prison following Monday’s conviction in the Jan. 10, 1997, murder of Shelby Lynne Barrackman.

Douglas acknowledged drinking at his daughter’s house, where he was supposed to care for Shelby, and claimed he blacked out and did not remember anything about the rest of the day.

His attorneys claimed that a confession he gave police was coerced.


Prosecutors said Douglas became angry when he found Shelby had eaten the icing off cupcakes she found in the kitchen, and became angrier when his scolding made her cry.

``He squeezed the life out of a 3-year-old girl,″ said prosecutor Casey O’Brien said.

The child’s body was found later that day in a nearby field.