Even the most grizzled investigators were reduced to tears by the disturbing details of the Texas death of 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers.
The toddler was dubbed "Baby Grace" in 2007 when her remains were found in a plastic container that washed onto an island in Galveston Bay.
The break on the child's identification came when an Ohio woman called to say she'd seen an artist's sketch of the girl and believed it was her granddaughter.
The jury selection process continues Monday in the Galveston capital murder trial of the toddler's mother, 20-year-old Kimberly Dawn Trenor.
Trenor's husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, will be tried later.
Both are accused of beating the toddler to death at their home in Spring, then months later dumping the body in the bay.
If convicted, Trenor faces up to life in prison without parole.