Six-year-old boy beats infant sister to death, but mum is facing charges

Six-year-old boy beats infant sister to death, but mum is facing charges

Authorities said that the van’s ceiling had been covered in blood, and that the infant was likely dead after Kathleen returned to the car.

Sibling rivalry is a common occurrence in families that have multiple children.

For two Fort Lauderdale siblings, however, there weren’t any love between them at all, especially after the six-year-old brother beat his newborn sister to death because she wouldn't stop crying.

While the boy won’t be facing criminal charges, his mother Kathleen Marie Steele will, says Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gulatieri.

According to a Yahoo! report, Kathleen went to a cellphone repair business in St. Petersburg, leaving her two children in the car—an infant and her six-year-old brother.

“The 6-year-old told investigators the baby started fussing and he tried to calm her,” the report says.

“But deputies said the boy later used a doll to show how he repeatedly slammed the infant’s head into the minivan’s ceiling, dropping her on the floor, flipping her over and pummeling her.”

Authorities said that the van’s ceiling had been covered in blood, and that the infant was likely dead after Kathleen returned to the car.

In fact, her son son tried to tell her something was wrong with the baby, but authorities further said that Kathleen ignored him and even stopped at a rental car company before heading home.

She only found out about her daughter after arriving home.

“The baby was beaten and traumatized,” the sheriff added. “There was gross swelling in her face. Her skull was cracked in numerous places.”

Even after the discovery, Kathleen didn’t call 911. Instead she sought the help of a neighbor who also happened to be a nurse.

The neighbour immediately knew that the baby was dead, yet despite this still performed CPR until paramedics came.

Son spared, mother jailed

According to County Sheriff Gulatieri, the boy won’t face criminal charges, but his mother will.

“The mistake is with the adult, Kathleen Steele, not a 6-year-old boy,” he said.

When she appeared in for the first time in court, Kathleen only said that she understood the charges against her.

Meanwhile, her attorney Robert Love said he wouldn’t contest the state’s order for Steele to have no contact with children 18 or younger.

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Nasreen Majid

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