BROOKLYN (AP/PIX11) — Authorities say a New York City man shook his 2-year-old stepdaughter so severely she suffered brain injuries, was put on life support and later died.
Prosecutors in Brooklyn charged David Adams Saturday with assaulting Thaiya Spruill-Smith and other crimes including endangering the welfare of a child last month.
Adams allegedly abused the young girl for months before she was rushed to Brookdale Hospital Thursday, police sources told the New York Post.
The New York Daily News reports the 25-year-old man wept in court before being placed in protective custody. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available.
An assistant district attorney said charges against Adams will likely be upgraded.
A criminal complaint says Adams lifted the child up in the air on Wednesday and shook her several times before her body went limp. Police say she died Friday night.
The child’s grandmother has told local media Adams shook the girl because she was crying.
RIP Thaiya 🙏👼 pic.twitter.com/w9nhaU5QUx
— ✈NIH (@FlyNih) November 15, 2014
News of 2-year-old Thaiya’s death comes around the same time a 3-year-old Bronx boy was found unconscious and unresponsive in his grandmother’s home.
Poseidon Quinones was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital early Saturday. Police say he had apparent trauma to his body.
In October, 3-year-old Jeida Torres was allegedly beaten to death by her stepfather Kelsey Smith, 20. Smith has since been charged with second-degree murder and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17.
A Medical Examiner ruled the fatal beating a homicide. Jeida’s brother, 5, was also injured in the attack. He suffered bumps and bruises.