This is SO horrendous. A Florida woman, 62, who once starred on the reality show ’55 and Pregnant’ has been charged with manslaughter after police say her 6-year-old son beat his newborn sister to death! The incident occurred after the kids were left in a hot car for 38 minutes. Get the heartbreaking details here.
Baby Kathleen Bridget Steele was pronounced dead on the afternoon of Aug. 8 at St. Petersburg General Hospital. However, investigators believe that she died much earlier — specifically inside the van where her mother, Kathleen Steele, 62, had left her three young children unattended for 38 minutes while she was inside a cellphone repair shop. The newborn was less than two weeks old.
Kathleen, who appeared on the reality show I’m Pregnant and 55 Years Old, is now being charged with aggravated manslaughter after authorities said her 6-year-old son beat his little sister to death inside the van. The two of them were alone in the locked car — in 81 degree weather — along with their three-year-old brother.
Earlier in the day, baby Kathleen was in good health when her mother took her to see a pediatrician, brining along her two young sons. However, as they were leaving the doctor’s office, the 6-year-old dropped his mom’s phone, shattering the screen. It was then that that Kathleen drove to a cellphone repair shop in St. Petersburg to fix her device.
But instead of bringing her kids into the store with her, she turned off the car, rolled up the windows, and left them alone for over a half hour in the hot sun. When the baby started crying, Kathleen’s older son brutally beat the newborn to death. “The best way I can describe it is, he pummeled her,” Sheriff Bob Gualtiari said in a statement.
He said that the child took his sister out of her carseat and began beating her to make her stop screaming. When officers later spoke to the boy, he reportedly admitted what he had done right away, describing in detail how he hurt the baby. “I took the baby, and I slammed her like this, and slammed her down, and pushed her up into the ceiling,” Bob recalled the boy saying.
“What he was talking about when he pushed her up into the ceiling, he was holding her up, then he said he was flipping her this way and flipping her that way and she would fall. The way he was describing it is he was tossing that baby around like a ragdoll,” he added. “I’m telling you, this baby’s face was a mess.”
Horrifically, when Kathleen finally returned to the car, her son told her his sister was in a “serious” condition, but she ignored him. Instead of checking on her daughter, she ran another errand, this time at an Enterprise Rent-a-Car, according to Daily Mail.
When the family returned home, that’s when Kathleen noticed the baby’s injuries. “The baby was beaten and traumatized,” the sheriff said. “There was gross swelling in her face. Her skull was cracked in numerous places.” But even so, Bob said the mother didn’t call 911. Instead, she called a neighbor who is a nurse. The nurse recognized the baby was dead, but performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
While it’s currently unclear if Kathleen has an attorney, due to the boy’s young age, he will not be charged in his sister’s death. Bob revealed that the 62-year-old mom was “ill-equipped to have a baby” and said police had been called numerous times by people concerned for her children. Kathleen’s sons are now in therapeutic foster care while she’s being held on $100,000 bond.
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