A Brooklyn mother is accuses of beating her 9-year-old daughter, throwing a bed on her, and ignoring her pleas for help before the girl died.
Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney David Ingle said that Shemene Cato, 48, attacked Shalom Guifarro and her 13-year-old sister for two hours on Sunday before the older girl sneaked out and called 911, according to the New York Post.
Police found Shalom with “multiple blunt force impact injuries about the head and body, resulting in internal bleeding which ultimately caused the death,” Ingle said, quoting the medical examiner’s report.
Cato was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held without bail. Judge Simiyon Haniff also issued an order of protection for the 13-year-old.
Police responded to the older girl’s call at about 1 p.m. on Sunday. The sister said that the girls’ mother “spanked” Shalom and put her in a time out following a temper tantrum. The complaint filed on Tuesday accused Cato of beating the girls over a missing computer tablet. Shalom fled and hid under the bed, which Cato lifted and dropped on her head.
Cato reportedly ignored the girl’s pleas of “mommy, help me” as she bled internally.
The Post said that police had visited the apartment 14 times in the past for domestic violence reports, most of them Cato’s complaints about harassment from an ex. The city’s child services had not been involved, officials said.
Neighbors, however, said they heard frequent flighting and screaming from the apartment.
“I heard loud arguments at least 10 times, where they were screaming at the top of their lungs,” said Jason Rahimzadeh. “The family kept to themselves. Everyone in the building is so nice and calm, but we all knew that apartment was trouble.”
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