Father sentenced for killing toddler over broken Xbox

A man who killed his 17-month-old daughter in a rage over a broken Xbox has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison. Tyrone Spellman, 27, of Philadelphia, killed Alayiah Turman with at least five blows to the head, prosecutors said. The force of the blows cracked the toddler's skull several times.

"I've been doing this 13 years, and this is one of the few cases that's ever left me at a loss for words," Assistant District Attorney James Berardinelli said. "There's never a good reason for this (murder), but this is just the pettiest of reasons.

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Like the DA said I'm lost for words.

"You can replace plastic and components with new ones, you cannot replace a life." 20 years is not enough, It should have been at least 40 years without the possibility of parole.

Really sad news and something I wish I never read now.

I just thought of something, put him in a cell with an XBOX 360 Gaming Pad to remind him of why he's in prison.

Edited by me

Somebody should remind him every once in a while that he killed hes daugter coz of an xbox.. a worthless piece of junk was more precious to him then his own flesh and blood... how sad is that ?! :disappointed:

Let him rot in jail.. hope he gets what he deserves.


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And yes.. some weirda** thing p***es me off too... internet "pirates" get the same or worse punishment then cold blooded killers ?? Justice isn't just blind... seems to me it has passed away long time ago. :ermm:

PS :!: Seems to me that it doesn't matter wether you have a gun or an xbox over there in US. Both can be extremely lethal when used by creatures with no brain.

Console manufacturers should embed Anger Management programs into their consoles.

(Magallanes said @ #29)
i bet the real "guility" was drugs but it's more easy to guilt a temporary insanity caused by videogames.


Thats the problem I have. Say he did do drugs but it was his decision to use them. Responsibility is fading away fast these days, just be a man or woman and take responsibility. Also thinking helps. If only people would think first instead of doing first and then think. I wish the world was a better place all the time. It hurts to see stuff like this.

Bad things happen to bad people. Perhaps a fellow prisoner will end his life. If this man was in a life or death situation and I had the opportunity to save him, I'd pass.

this is almost as low as you can get!, HELL, it IS as low as you can get (along with rape etc etc) whats the world coming to

This guy should go to jail for the rest of his life, sentenced to during the day watch reruns of 70s shows on a lousy TV (I'd donate it).

This isn't really as uncommon as one would like to be. They are always killing there kids over gameboys, DS's Wii's, and Xbox's.

This is called: "I want to leave my girlfriend and don't want to pay child support so what can I blame this act of violence on, oh yeah my xbox has been acting up"

Dmbass, this guy should get life without parole like every other idiot murderer. If he murdered the mother of the child he would have gotten this sentence, giving him a lesser sentence for killing a smaller human being is ridiculous.

IMO + 2 Cents

(Orlando Rays said @ #21.1)
If this motherf***er was in Florida, I'd say fry his ass.

Sorry, there's a time and a place for profanity. This is one of those times.


True, although they never, well wouldn't say never, but they usually don't give the guy death row unless he has committed multiple murders or was on a killing spree at say the mall or something... Although, I agree 100% with your fry his arse comment!

(Orlando Rays said @ #21.1)
If this motherf***er was in Florida, I'd say fry his ass.

Sorry, there's a time and a place for profanity. This is one of those times.


Two wrongs don't make a right.

(Lexcyn said @ #21.3)

Two wrongs don't make a right.


Thats a matter of opinion not fact. Killing is killing in my eyes, such a thing as death or similar punishment should be expected by anyone who thinks of murdering someone. As for the people that claim insanity well put them to sleep. Some people think death is bad but if you cannot abide by the rules and take anyones life away from them then death is the only thing I see fit.

Thank goodness when my 3 year old stuck his grilled cheese in my old VCR I kept my kewl.
WAIT no I didn't!!!

I laughed so damn hard I fell over and hit my funny bone on the coffee table and screamed like a small child.

I have 3 kids and my old oldest who was about that same age at the time of my incident got honey in my XBox through the dvd drive of course I was upset but I love my kids too much to hurt them in that way obviously this sick **** didn't care about any one but himself and all I wish is that he got death row for being that self centered.

Let see here, Game developers get sued when kids take guns to school and start shooting the place up.
Heavy metal music is accredited with the same basic behavior. I smell a law suit against Microsoft coming, and why shouldn't it if the mere thought of not being able to play the X-box sends someone into a rage that will push them to kill anyone much less a child then YES Microsoft should have to pay for altering someones mind set to that extent.

ROFLOL jk but you know its going to happen that way sooner or later!!

That's just messed up beyond any words to describe it. That monster doesn't even deserve to be imprisoned.
But we can rest assured his fellow inmates will give him proper treatment child murderers are the absolutely lowest ranking scum in there.

Disgusting, I hope he's ashamed of himself. Im willing to bet hes more regretting his actions because now he can never play an xbox again.

Tyrone Spellman, 25, will stand trial for the September murder of Alayiah Turman whom he beat to death after the 17-month old girl knocked over his Xbox 360. While playing a game of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Alayiah pulled the console down with the attached controller. Spellman then "popped her in the face and then tossed her in the chair", killing her.

(timbo3 said @ #8.2)
Funny seeing a screenshot from my local news station on neowin! :cool:

How is it funny? We all live on this planet, I could be on your news station. So how is it funny?

(Typhon said @ #8.3)

How is it funny? We all live on this planet, I could be on your news station. So how is it funny?

I laughed. It was funny. Thanks.

(jwjw1 said @ #8)
While playing a game of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Alayiah pulled the console down with the attached controller.

The original Xbox was designed specifically to NOT do this when the controllers were pulled. Surely they wouldn't have removed the anti-pull mechanism on the original controllers?

(jwjw1 said @ #8)
Tyrone Spellman, 25, will stand trial for the September murder of Alayiah Turman whom he beat to death after the 17-month old girl knocked over his Xbox 360. While playing a game of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Alayiah pulled the console down with the attached controller. Spellman then "popped her in the face and then tossed her in the chair", killing her.

I didn't even need a picture, or a name, to determine the race of the aggressor.

I've been living in this city long enough to know to put 1, 1 and 1 together...Philadelphia, murder, child...

sigh...add another one to the Philadelphia murder count. We're #1! We're #1!

The worst part is that it was his own daughter. How does a person reach a state that not being able to play a console game produces the desire to bash ones own child's head in?

holy **** :O

"I've been doing this 13 years, and this is one of the few cases that's ever left me at a loss for words,"

sums up how i feel