Last week, police in St. Louis arrested Deonte Evans, 23, after he reportedly inflicted mortal wounds upon his 1-year-old stepdaughter. He became angry because she climbed onto a counter and "stole a piece of cake," according to court documents.
The girl had been beaten all over her body.
The girl's mother was aware of the severe beating and did nothing to help her daughter, say prosecutors.
On Feb. 11, a day after the violent attack, paramedics were called to the family's home in the 1400 block of Rowan Avenue when the tiny victim, Jabria Phillips, could not get out of bed and began vomiting.
She was transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where she was soon pronounced dead.
A medical examiner determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to her torso. The M.E. also noticed Phillips had healed fractures to seven of her ribs which were indicated to have been two to three weeks old.
Under questioning, Evans admitted that he actually punched the baby with a "swift and powerful open-handed upper cut to her torso," a few weeks earlier, according to court documents.
Deonte Evans has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and three counts of armed criminal action.
Shanika Evans has been charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and three counts of armed criminal action.
Both are currently being held at the St. Louis Jail, he is being held on $500,000 bail, while she is being held on $50,000 bail.