Chris Routh, 16, is the kind of kid you'd like to have living next door.
"I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I was a good kid," he says. "I was an 'A' student. I never broke any laws or anything. Never got into any trouble at school. I don't think I've ever lost my temper in my life. I'm a very calm-mannered, very mellow guy."
Now, this mild-mannered teenager is about to find out if he will spend the rest of his life living in prison.
His mother, Sissy Routh, says: "I think this was a series of tragedies that fell one upon another. And I think that Christopher happens to be the person who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Chris stands accused of sexually assaulting 23-month-old Emily Woodruff, and then shaking the toddler to death.
It doesn't get any worse than that.
Aired: 14 Mar 2003