'You Don't Mistakenly Murder Someone,' Mom Tells Son Who Says Murder of 3-Year-Old Stepsister Was a 'Mistake'
08/13/2015 AT 01:20 PM EDT
Days before his 22nd birthday, Brian K. Scales, 21, of Trotwood, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and child endangerment in the Feb. 14 death of Tristan Carlton, the Dayton Daily News reports.
Scales, who waived his right to a trial and pre-sentence investigation, had to face a judge – and his mother – in court at sentencing.
“I still love you," the mother, Inas Scales, told her son at sentencing. "I did the best to raise you into the man that I thought you was going to be."
She added, "I know that it was the devil that took ahold of you."
Brian responded by saying, "A mistake happened that day."
"That's not a mistake," Inas said back. "You don't mistakenly murder somebody."
Brian replied, "I'm a good person." He also claimed his deceased stepsister has forgiven him.
Inas responded, "This new journey that you're going on, I hope you pray and get God in your life." She added, "Where you’re going, you're really, really, really going to need it."
Police responded to a 911 call from Inas in February. She told investigators she came back from shopping to find her daughter unresponsive. It was later determined the girl had been suffocated. Medics tried to revive her but it was too late, WDTN reports.
Brian said he babysat Tristan every day for six to eight months and that there was never a problem, though he added that he was never paid to watch her.
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