A Florida man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison after brutally killing his 2-month-old daughter in 2020, Law And Crime reports.
On December 11th, 2020, infant Scarlet Strahm was taken to an emergency room after her mother saw she was having a seizure. After tests proved that the child was suffering from an internal brain bleed, the child’s father, Steven Michael Strahm, told police that he had accidentally dropped her. Scarlet’s mother had been at work during the time the incident occurred.
The University of Florida Child Protection Team later determined that Scarlet had sustained both “abusive head trauma indicative of physical abuse” and a fractured knee indicative of physical abuse and medical neglect. While being questioned by authorities, Strahm confessed to forcefully throwing the 2-month-old against a wall “4 or 5 times” and intentionally dropping her on her head. Sadly, Scarlet never recovered, and she died two weeks later.
Last month, Strahm pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse as part of a plea deal. In exchange for pleading guilty, prosecutors dropped a child neglect charge. He has since been sentenced to spend 23.5 years in a state correctional facility.
“You broke me. You took the best part of me away and you broke me,” the child’s mother said in a statement. “I never got to hear her giggle. I never got to watch her crawl or hear her first words or watch her take her first steps. She should be two and a half and probably be the most amazing person now but I’ll never know.”