2-year-old dead after stepfather shook her so hard she suffered brain damage: NYPD

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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.

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.


  • Denise Thompson

    I simply don’t understand, how&why would anyone want to harm a child for crying, parents be more selective with whom you I evolve yourself & bring & expose your sweet beautiful innocent babies/children to. GOD bless her little soul.

  • Gloria Denise Jones

    There are so many precious souls that are being killed from the acts of their parents , boyffriends, or family members. Please say something if you see someone harming a child. Your voice will never go unheard. Bless the ones who are deceased. May their murderers get punished for their crimes.

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