An incident with former Giants football player, Jeremiah Parker.

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Jeremiah Parker, a former Giants football player, was convicted of manslaughter for partaking in the death of his ex-girlfriend's four-year-old son. Parker had been convicted once before of child endangerment in early June for beating Elijah Kelly in May of 2001. Alluding to Parker's history of abuse, Superior Court Judge Randolph Subryan gave him the maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Jeremiah Parker was first convicted of abusing Elijah, now he's been convicted of murdering the same young boy. After ten years, Parker will be out of jail, free to do whatever he wants - perhaps murder someone else's son. In addition, he will be eligible for parole after being in prison for only five years. Is five years a sufficient punishment for a crazed child abuser and murderer? The whole city might as well go around murdering children because the only consequence they will face is a scarce five years in prison.

Authorities said the young boy had suffered from a series of whippings and beatings before dying from "blunt force trauma" to the head. Tauleah Kelly, the child's mother, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and testified in Parker's "emotional" month long trial in Paterson. Kelly was sentenced to seven years at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County. Of course, women always seem to obtain more leniency in the courtroom. Kelly was not sentenced to prison. Instead, she will spend the next seven years in a correctional facility. She walks away convicted of manslaughter, yet she is excused from harsh punishment. Tauleah Kelly was an accomplice in the murder of her own son. Nevertheless, the jury assumes she is less deranged than Parker because she is a woman. The jury should have been absolutely unforgiving of this poor excuse for a mother. Mothers are intent...