'I failed her as a father. I didn't get help for her'

'I failed her as a father. I didn't get help for her'
Jeanette Maples

EUGENE, Ore. - Angela McAnulty would turn up the TV in the living room to cover up the sound of her beating Jeanette Maples, McAnulty's husband Richard told a jury Wednesday.

It didn't work.

"You could hear the whips," he told the jury charged with deciding whether Angela McAnulty will serve 30 years before having a chance for parole, life in prison - or a death sentence.

"It was horrifying. I didn't know what was going on," McAnulty said. "Her mom would have her strip naked and whip her."

Angela McAnulty changed her plea to guilty on the first day of her criminal trial.

Richard McAnulty faces trial in May for the murder of Jeanette, his step-daughter. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against Richard McAnulty.

Cameras were not allowed to film his testimony Wednesday so as not to affect the outcome of his trial.

Richard said the abuse that led to Jeanette's death Dec. 9, 2009, started before Halloween. Richard said the first time he saw Jeanette's injuries, he was scared and didn't know what to do.

"I failed her," he said. "I failed her as a father. I didn't get help for her."

The husband and wife sat only a few paces apart in the courtroom but rarely exchanged glances. Angela looked either straight ahead or talked to her attorney.