‘Dad’ punches, squeezes the life out of newborn baby while changing diaper, ‘out of frustration’: Police

Authorities arrested a Florida man on Monday after he allegedly killed his newborn infant earlier this month “out of frustration.”

Bradenton Herald reports that 29-year-old Artem Eydelman was taking care of his 7-week-old daughter, Gwendolyn, on November 17, when he allegedly became impatient and frustrated at the baby. He’s accused of hitting her on the head and squeezing her so hard she lost consiousness. The incident occurred at Eydelman’s home he shared with the baby’s 26-year-old mother, off 117th Street North in Largo.

According to court documents, the suspect initially told police that while watching over Gwendolyn while her mother worked, he put her down for a nap, took a nap herself, and when he checked on her around 15 minutes later, she was unconscious. He claimed he had no idea what happened to the infant and asked another family member to call 911.

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Artem Eydelman [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
First responders arrived to the home shortly after the 911 call and rushed the baby to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. According to the sheriff’s report, the baby passed away after two days on life support. The infant reportedly had a skull fracture, rib fractures, and a bleeding brain. The injuries were consistent with someone hitting the child and compressing her, according to a medical examiner.

After several inconsistencies in his story, Eydelman allegedly admitted to hitting and squeezing the baby. He told Pinellas County investigators that became frustrated with the baby while trying to change her diaper, and begin hitting and squeezing her until she passed out.

Court documents indicate that although Eydelman wasn’t the child biological father, he signed her birth certificate when she born. He reportedly met the baby’s mother while she was pregnant.

Eydelman remains behind bars and faces one count of felony murder and violation of probation charge, stemming from a previous unrelated incident.

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Gwendolyn Eydelman/GoFundMe]