Transgender woman who murdered her boyfriend's 20-month-old baby granddaughter is sentenced to life in prison

 A transgender woman has been given a life sentence for murdering her boyfriend's toddler granddaughter.

Shayla Angeline Boniello, 32, from Rockdale, Texas, was sentenced after pleading guilty to murdering 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader.

The transgender woman, previously known as Shawn Vincent Boniello, got life in prison without parole on November 12, reports KWTX News.   

Police officers and paramedics responded to reports of an unresponsive child at around 5.45pm on December 3, 2018.  

Medics performed CPR at the scene but were unable to revive the child. 

Boniello told authorities that she was consumed with wrath and frustration when she killed the toddler.

She squeezed the little girl so hard she heard her bones pop and shatter in an attack that lasted for three minutes. 

Boniello told authorities that she was consumed with wrath and frustration when she killed 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader (pictured)

Boniello told authorities that she was consumed with wrath and frustration when she killed 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader (pictured)


Prosecutors could have sought the death penalty, but said that they were recently provided with evidence that Boniello suffers from a traumatic brain injury.  

'Boniello's nonviolent past and traumatic brain injury would render any death verdict insufficient and thus be reversed on appeal,' Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey said in a press release. 

Boniello pleaded guilty to the capital murder and waived all rights to appeal, he said.   

Police officers and paramedics responded to reports of an unresponsive child at around 5.45pm on December 3, 2018 and Boniello was arrested (file image)

Police officers and paramedics responded to reports of an unresponsive child at around 5.45pm on December 3, 2018 and Boniello was arrested (file image)

She was arrested on the night of the murder and was initially charged with child abandonment and endangerment.

But on December 4, 2018, she was also named in a complaint charging capital murder. 

Boniello, who was born male and identifies as a woman, was living at the child's grandfather's home, who had recently been granted temporary custody of the infant. 

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