Bushwick man pleads guilty to murder of three-year-old daughter

A Bushwick man has pleaded guilty to the 2014 murder of his three-year-old stepdaughter—who was fatally beaten—and to the assault of his five-year-old stepson, announced District Attorney Ken Thompson on Friday, October 23.

Photo courtesy of District Attorney Ken Thompson's office
Photo courtesy of District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office

According to trial testimony, on October 18, 2014, 21-year old Kelsey Smith—while living at a Bushwick homeless shelter—called his wife, Kimberly Torres, and told her that he “[messed] up” and hit their daughter, Jeida to the point where she wasn’t breathing. Torres then called the police, who found the young girl unresponsive and their son, Andrew, abused.

Jeida was pronounced dead due to blunt force trauma at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center while Andrew was treated and released.

“This sentence ensures that the defendant will spend many years behind bars for beating and killing a helpless and beautiful three-year-old girl,” said Thompson. “May he spend every single day that he’s locked up thinking about that innocent child’s life that he took.”

Smith faces 15 years to life in prison.

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