An Ohio mother and her boyfriend appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges in the beating death of the woman’s four-year-old daughter, sparking a furious outburst from the child’s biological father.
Sierra Day, 23, and Deonte Lewis, 26, both from Euclid, have been charged with aggravated murder after the woman’s four-year-old daughter, Aniya Day-Garrett, suffered a fatal stroke that officials say was caused by repeated blows to the head.
A judge set the couple’s bonds at $1million each. As they were being led out of the courtroom, Mickhal Garrett jumped to his feet and screamed in anguish: ‘You killed my f***ing child! You hurt my baby.’
He then collapsed, sobbing, into the arms of family members who accompanied him to the bond hearing.
Police said paramedics were called to the Cultural Garden Apartments on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid at around 11.30am on Sunday for a report of a child with burn marks who was unresponsive. Fire officials said there was no fire at the complex.
Aniya was rushed to Euclid Hospital hospital, where she died of a stroke. Staff reported her death to police as a suspected homicide.