Mum forgives killer son who molested 4-year-old sister and stabbed her to death

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A devastated mum has forgiven her sick son for sexually abusing and brutally murdering her four-year-old daughter in her sleep.

Charity Lee was torn apart by the death of her little girl Ella, who was killed by her brother Paris Bennett in 2007 aged 13.

The mum has detailed her heartbreak in a memoir called “How Now, Butterfly?: A Memoir of Murder, Survival & Transformation."

Ella was found with 17 stab wounds covering her tiny body after he persuaded their baby sitter to go home.

His semen was also found on his sister and Charity's book includes information about how Bennet watched porn for hours before the "slow and methodical" attack and even called a school friend before dialling 911.

She also found out he had even searched for snuff films in the hours leading up to her daughter’s murder.

The 46-year-old from Texas said she has now forgiven her son for his sickening crime and visits him in prison, despite the fact he attacked her during one visit.

In the memoir, she writes: "My son is a psychopath. I can’t help him. That may not matter in the long run. What may matter is I can’t, not at this point, give up on him either

"I love my firstborn with as much intensity as I have since the day I found out I was pregnant with him."

In 2012, five years after Bennet was jailed for 40-years, Charity gave birth to a second son named Phoenix.

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She has even let the little boy speak on the phone to his killer brother, she writes: "Critics of mine like to disparage me for allowing Paris to speak to Phoenix.

"They tell me what a horrible mother I am for allowing the child who murdered my child to speak to my other child.

"I am setting an example for Phoenix. An example of how unconditional love and forgiveness look and behave."

Bennett is currently serving a 40-year sentence at the Ferguson Unit Texas State Prison, he is currently aged 25 and will be eligible for parole in 2027.

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