A Florida mother has been charged with manslaughter after her 6-year-old son beat her newborn daughter to death. Kathleen Marie Steele, 62, left her 2-week-old baby Kathleen in the back of her van with her 6-year-old and 3-year-old sons while she went to a cell phone shop to have her phone repaired. The WFLA reported.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the baby started crying when he was left with his two siblings. At that moment, the 6-year-old boy took the child out of her car seat, shook him and reportedly banged his head against the ceiling of the vehicle.
“The best way I can describe it to you was when he beat her up,” Gualtieri told reporters. “He tossed the baby around like a rag doll.”
Gualtieri said he had “never seen anything like it.”
“One of the worst things I’ve ever seen, especially on a 13-day-old, and her looks were just one of those that had been beaten up,” he added. “The baby was just hit, traumatized and had a lot of swelling on his face. The skull was fractured in numerous places.”
Gualtieri said the 6-year-old had behavioral issues. The boy reportedly told Steele that the baby was in distress when she returned to the van.
Instead of seeing a doctor, Steele drove to a rental company and tried to renew the contract on the van she was renting.
The boy reminded Steele again that the baby was not well. Steele then called a neighbor who is a nurse. They met at a motel and the nurse examined the infant, who appeared to be dead. She then called 911.
When paramedics arrived, Steele appeared unconcerned about the child’s health. She cleared away groceries in the kitchen while paramedics tried to revive her daughter.
“She was very distant,” Gualtieri said.
An autopsy revealed the infant had severe head trauma and multiple skull fractures. The 6-year-old boy described to investigators what he had done to his little sister.
We had him show us with a doll and it was very violent,” Gualtieri said. “He slammed that doll and it’s awful.”
Steele was charged with aggravated manslaughter. The 6-year-old boy will not be prosecuted. He and his younger brother are both currently in the care of the youth welfare office.
Steele gave birth to Kathleen on July 26, WTVT reported. She was artificially inseminated with her dead husband’s frozen sperm. She once appeared on a reality TV show that aired on TLC, “I’m Pregnant and 55 Years Old.”
Gualtieri said Steele was “ill-equipped to have a baby.”
“Frankie and Phillip, aged 6 and 3, ran amok unsupervised and what others saw was consistent with what happened on Monday and that she was not caring for the children and was careless and neglectful and abused them by left those kids in the car,” the sheriff added.
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