Meidcke knew the allegations. In court, it was revealed by Ella's grandmother, Medckie's mother, that she told her about Gresham inappropriately touching Ella. Despite knowing this information, she left Ella alone in the car with Gresham.
No idea. During her trial, Medckie continued to feign innocence. She claimed to have no idea whatsoever that Ella had been injured.
You will never breathe freedom again. Prosecutors suggested that Gresham got Medckie pregnant on purpose in hope of a more lenient sentence. While the judge ignored that accusation, he told Gresham, upon sentencing, "you will never breathe freedom again."
Please, God, don't take this baby away from me. Medckie's mother begged the judge to show her daughter lenience. "Please, God," she said, "don't let them take this baby away from me."
Life since 2013. Medckie has been under house arrest since Ella's death in 2013. From that time until her incarceration, she was only allowed to leave her home to go to work and back.
The video. In CCTV footage from the gas station, Gresham can be seen savagely beating Ella. He hit her at least eight times with violent force.