Parents of Montana boy, 5, sentenced for his beating death

GREAT FALLS — A Montana man was sentenced Tuesday to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole for the November 2019 beating death of his 5-year-old son. The boy’s mother and a family friend were also sentenced for their roles in the death of Tony Renova.

Tony had a gash on his head, had been bleeding from the nose and mouth, had bruising all over his body and had dropped from 44 pounds (20 kilograms) to 31 pounds (14 kg) in the nine months since he had been returned to the custody of his biological parents from foster care, charging documents said.

Great Falls Police officers found videos on his parents’ phones showing the boy being punished by being required to hold cans or his arms over his head and another showing the boy getting hit in the head or slapped for wetting himself.

“I have concluded that in this case we have three people here who in their own ways made the very short life of a child into a life of misery, worse some might think than death itself,” Judge Elizabeth Best said, Montana Right Now reported.

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