Wrestling Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The mother of Lionel Tate's victim says the teen needs to accept responsibility for murdering her 6-year-old daughter.

Deweese Eunick-Paul said today that Tate's supporters are QUOTE
"making light" of her daughter Tiffany Eunick's death when they say the 1999 slaying was an accident.

Autopsy reports showed the girl was beaten to death, suffering a lacerated liver and at least 35 other injuries.

Tate was 12 when he killed Tiffany. He says he leapt from a staircase and accidentally landed on her chest.

The girl was at his Pembroke Park home, being baby-sat by his mother.

Tate turns 17 on January 30th. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday to finalize an agreement he signed earlier this month that would see him plead guilty to second-degree murder. In the deal, Tate will be sentenced to three years in prison - most of which he has already served - plus one year of house arrest and 10 years probation. He could be released after a Monday bond hearing.

Eunick-Paul has agreed to the terms of the plea deal.

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