Police have arrested a mother after she left her children unattended in a car – where her six-year-old son to beat her newborn baby to death.Kathleen Marie Steele has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in relation to the death of her 13-day-old daughter, also named Kathleen. Police said the 62-year-old had left her three children in the car for at least half-an-hour to run several errands when the attack took place. While she was gone the baby began crying, infuriating the six-year-old.
Officials in Largo, Florida, say he then removed her from the car seat before ‘flipping her multiple times back and forth, dropping her on the floor, slamming her head against the ceiling, striking her in the face’. The boy put his sister back in the seat before his mother arrived back.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said: “The skull was cracked in numerous places, described as probably mush … one of the worst things that I’ve ever seen.” It took Steele two hours to call for medical assistance, asking a neighbour, who is a nurse, for help. The baby was taken to St Petersburg General Hospital but was pronounced dead.
The six-year-old boy, who will not face charges due to his age, admitted the attack. He has since been taken into care and reportedly has serious behavioural issues. Steele gave birth to the baby after being artificially inseminated with preserved sperm from her husband, who died of cancer in 2011.