NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A New Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old girl and scalding her 3-year-old brother.

The Daily Iberian reports ( ) that District Judge Charles Porter recently sentenced 29-year-old Jamal Charles.

Charles was convicted Sept. 15 in a bench trial. Investigators testified that he beat Rayneisha Hudson with a hammer and put the girl and her brother Raymon into a bathtub of 180-degree water.

At the time, the children's mother was Charles' girlfriend.

KATC-TV reports ( ) that forensic pathologist Christopher Tape testified that the girl had been hit in many places, and some of the injuries were days old.

Rayneisha Hudson died Jan. 27, 2011.


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.