A Burien man was sentenced to 12 years in prison last week for beating his 8-month-old daughter to death with a video-game controller in November 2014.
A Burien father has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for beating his 8-month-old daughter to death with part of an Xbox video-game controller.
Ahmed Ibrahim, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder domestic violence in November and then underwent a psychological evaluation at the behest of his defense attorneys, court records show.
According to his lawyers’ sentencing brief, Ibrahim, a Somalian refugee, is a mentally ill alcoholic and drug abuser obsessed with video games, particularly the combat game “Destiny.”
His defense recommended he serve just over 10 years in prison, while the state had sought a 14-year sentence, court records say. Ibrahim was sentenced last week.
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In addition to sentencing Ibrahim to 12 years in prison and three years of community supervision, King County Superior Court Judge Samuel Chung also ordered Ibrahim not to have contact with his surviving daughters, now 4 and 3, for the rest of his life, the records say.
On Nov. 9, 2014, Ibrahim’s wife left the family’s Burien apartment to work a night shift as a baggage handler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to court records. Her older daughters were already asleep in bed and her youngest, who had been “fussy” that night, was with Ibrahim in the living room, say the records.
When she returned home the following morning, Ibrahim was holding the baby to his chest and when she picked the child up, the baby had obvious injuries to her face and was cold to the touch, court records say.
After the mother rushed to get help from relatives in a nearby apartment, family members attempted CPR on the child but she was obviously dead by the time medics were summoned, say the records.
The relatives immediately suspected Ibrahim had hurt the baby, who had suffered fatal skull fractures and had other injuries indicating past abuse, the records say. Ibrahim, who had apparently been drinking malt liquor that night, told detectives his 2-year-old daughter had injured the baby, though death investigators determined a toddler would not have the strength to inflict the fatal wounds, court records say.
The tissue between the baby’s upper lip and gum was also torn, consistent with reports that one way Ibrahim would punish his daughters was by pulling on their lips when they cried, say the records.
At the time of Ibrahim’s arrest, he had the battery cover to an Xbox game controller in his pocket, the records say. Detectives took a second controller, with the battery cover intact, to the King County Medical Examiner’s Officer, court records say.
There, death investigators determined several “of the corners and edges” of the battery cover matched impact marks found on the baby’s head and body, the records say.
A Seattle psychiatrist retained by the defense later opined that Ibrahim was schizophrenic and “in the throes of a psychotic process” the night the baby was killed, according to the defense’s presentence report.
Further, the game Destiny “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 psychiatrist’s report included in the report.
Ibrahim — who referred to his Destiny characters as if they were real people — claimed in his psychiatric interviews that he had no memory of killing his daughter, according to the defense report.