A father of three from Seattle pleaded guilty to beating his 8-month-old daughter to death with an Xbox controller.
Ahmed Ibrahim, a Somali refugee with mental health problems and alcohol addiction, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on March 11.
The attack occurred Nov. 9, 2014 while Ibrahim’s wife was working night shift as a baggage handler at Seattle airport. Ibrahim fractured his daughter's skull when he hit her over the head.
Ibrahim claimed he could not remember the incident.
“The last thing I remember is that I put my baby to sleep and woke up to the nightmare,” he said, according to Seattle Pi.
When Ibrahim’s wife returned home from work, she found her husband asleep on the sofa with their daughter, Nawal Hussein, lying on his chest. When she picked the baby up, she noticed she was cold to the touch, according to court documents.
As well as head injuries, investigators found wounds on Nawal’s mouth and body.
When Ibrahim was arrested, officers found the battery cover for an Xbox controller in his pocket. Investigators took a second controller with the cover still intact, and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office found that several “of the corners and edges” matched wounds on Nawal, the Seattle Times reported.
Ibrahim entered a modified guilty plea to second-degree murder in November 2015, and his defense team ordered a psychiatric evaluation.
“It is my opinion that he was in the throws of a psychotic process at the time that Nawal died,” Dr. Seth Cohen wrote in court papers, reports Seattle Pi.
The psychiatrist continued that "Destiny," a fantasy video game, “had become Mr. Ibrahim’s reality, and any possible violent behavior on his part at that time would have been a reflection of the warfare he was involved with in the context of the 'Destiny' battlefield,” according to the Seattle Times.
The defense requested Ibrahim be sentenced to 10 years in prison, while the prosecution called for 14.
In sentencing the 29-year-old father of three to 12 years, the judge also banned him from having any contact with his two surviving daughters, now aged 2 and 4, for life.