Cases like this highlight the worst in humanity.
How could any man want to take the life of this precious baby girl?
Let alone that child’s father.
But a Florida man is facing first-degree murder charges after police allege he struck his six-month-old daughter in the head.
Dekari Castell, 22, was said to be stressed because there was no power or air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.
Castell and his daughter were in an abandoned home in Orlando where they were seeking shelter on September 13, according to WKMG-TV.
Castell told police that he grew frustrated when his baby daughter, Kali Dream Castell, would not stop crying.
That’s when he allegedly struck Kali twice in the head, fracturing her skull.
Tragically the girl’s mother discovered her daughter unconscious and not breathing. She then called 911.
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate baby Kali with CPR. She was then rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital and put on life support.
But little Kali Dream had bleeding on the brain as well as several skull fractures.
Doctors who examined the baby found that she had a deep depression on her skull, leading them to believe she was hit.
Sadly, doctors pronounced her dead the next morning.
Initially, Castell told detectives that he dropped his daughter, causing her to fracture her skull.
But authorities grew suspicious given Castell’s history of documented domestic violence against both his children and his wife.
Last year, Florida welfare services investigated Castell after his four-week-old son was admitted to the hospital with a broken femur bone.
In that incident he claimed his son ‘squirmed out of his grasp and fell’ and that he caught him by his leg, causing the injury.
But doctors scanned the boy and discovered that the broken femur was likely caused by a violent blow.
But prosecutors decided not to bring charges against Castell due to a lack of evidence.
Castell also told investigators that Kali ‘squirmed out of his grasp.’
Kali’s mother told investigators that Castell slapped her in the face on September 13 because she couldn’t open a window.
Then two hours after she was hit by Castell, she returned to the house and found her daughter unconscious.
Castell told her at the time that the baby started choking, according to authorities.
It was only during the third interview that Castell gave to police that he admitted punching his daughter’s head.
Castell was arrested this past Monday. Prosecutors filed first-degree murder and child abuse charges on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, he appeared in court and was denied bond.