She told the court, “I want him to live. He needs to get himself together,” adding, “He needs to seek God so when he passes away, maybe he’ll still reach others, that’s why I want him to live, to get himself together with God.”
The North Carolina woman has turned to God since her son’s death, saying, “I’m a Christian now, so I feel like if I was to tell them to put him to death, I’m judging him and I have no right to judge him no matter what he did.”
Reportedly, 27-year-old Hampton beat the young child regularly. This last deadly assault occurred because Elijah would not finish his soup, Hampton admitted to investigators.
Hampton was convicted of murder by torture and felony abuse. He is facing life in prison or death.