4:21 P.M. Florida mom , 62 , charged after son ‘pummels’ newborn to death …


Florida mom, 62, charged after son ‘pummels’ newborn to death 62-year-old mother arrested after infant dies 62-year-old mother arrested after infant dies   Police in Florida say a 6-year-old boy beat his baby sister to death in a car while their mother was inside a store. A 62-year-old Florida woman has been charged in the death of her newborn at the hands of her six-year-old son, after she allegedly left the children unattended in a van, police say. Kathleen Marie Steele faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of her daughter, who was 13 days old. The incident happened on Monday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla., when Steele left her three children locked in a van for more than 30 minutes while running an errand, police said. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says Steele’s six-year-old repeatedly slammed the newborn around the interior of the van, “pummelling” her and turning her head to “mush.” Steele’s three-year-old son was also in the vehicle at the time.  All three of the 62-year-old’s children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, police said.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the six-year-old described the attack to police in detail. The boy became annoyed with his sister when she started crying, so he unbuckled her from her seat and “began flipping her multiple times back and forth, dropping her on the floor, slamming her head against the ceiling, striking her in the face and causing severe, severe trauma to the baby’s head and face,” Gualtieri said at a press conference on Thursday. Gualtieri said the six-year-old, who will not be charged, was co-operative in showing police how the attack occurred. “He was very demonstrative in what he did. We had him show us with a doll and it was very violent. He was slamming that doll. It was terrible.” Police found forensic evidence in the van consistent with the boy’s story, the sheriff said. The boy placed the infant back in her car seat after the attack, and informed his mother that the girl’s condition was “serious” when she returned to the van, Gualtieri said.

Police say Steele drove to another business before returning home, then called a neighbour who is a nurse when she saw the baby’s condition. The nurse contacted 911 but by that point it was too late, Gualtieri said. “The baby had likely been dead since they left the cellphone store.” He described the mother as “aloof” when emergency responders showed up at her home to attend to the child. Gualtieri says when paramedics started trying to revive the baby, “she turns around and goes to the kitchen and starts putting groceries away. Who does that?” …


Source: Florida mom, 62, charged after son ‘pummels’ newborn to death | CTV News


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