“Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said a 6-year-old boy “violently killed” his 2-week-old sister when the two were left alone inside a hot car while the mother went into a store.
The mother, 62-year-old Kathleen Marie Steele, of North Redington Beach, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter. She is scheduled to make a first appearance in court Friday.
- Mom, 62, arrested after death of newborn daughter
- Sheriff said 6-year-old brother beat baby to death
- Happened while mom left kids in car alone for 30 minutes, sheriff said
Gualtieri said Steele left the baby, also named Kathleen, alone in a vehicle with the 6-year-old and another child, age 3, while she went into a cell phone store in St. Pete on Monday, August 8.
Baby Kathleen started crying. According to reports, her cries are what prompted her brother to beat her to death.
“The way he was describing it, he was tossing that baby around like a rag doll,” said Gualtieri. “Her appearance was one of just a kid that had been pummeled.”
The sheriff said the children were left in the vehicle with the doors locked and windows up for 30 minutes.
When Steele got back to the car, the 6-year-old told her baby Kathleen was hurt but she apparently ignored him.
After they got home, she called a neighbor who then called 911. But it was too late, the baby was already dead. The sheriff explains her mother’s reaction.
“Deputies are there, paramedics are there working on a 13-day-old baby who’s obviously dead,” said Gualtieri. “And she turns around and goes into the kitchen and starts putting groceries away, who does that?”
Steele was the baby’s biological mother. Gualtieri said Steele was artificially inseminated with her dead husband’s sperm.
The 6-year-old is so young that he is not being charged. Gualtieri said the boy did show some remorse.
“At one point he did make a statement, something to the effect of “sometimes people make really bad mistakes,” he said.”
Man, you just can’t make this stuff up
Makes you wonder if the kid wacked out with the heat
Bad story either way
It is rather odd about the mothers reaction
And the fact that she is 62 with a newborn