I’ve been away from my computer most of the week due to working in the salt mines but finally had a chance to get online for longer than five minutes this evening. I’ve only briefly followed this sad story that seems to be getting worse and worse.
Back on Monday Eric Castro rushed two-year-old Kailee Parker to a neighbor’s house in Floyd County, Georgia to get help. On the way he flagged down someone who was passing by to perform CPR on the little girl. Unfortunately they were too late. Castro, the toddler’s step-father, said that he though Kailee was having a seizure and he was carrying her to the neighbor’s home to get help. She was eventually transported to Floyd Medical Center after a 911 call was made and she was pronounced dead 2:30pm Monday afternoon.
According to the autopsy Kailee was “assaulted by others” and died as a result of multiple blunt trauma injuries to the head. According to the coroner’s office it wasn’t the result of just one beating but a series of continued abuse which finally lef to her death.
21-year-old Heather Brittany McKinney Parker, the mother, and 27-year-old Eric Castro were arrested Friday and charged with Felony Murder, Malice Murder, First Degree Cruelty to Children and Felony Aggravated Battery. They made their first appearance in court this morning and were denied bond. They’ll both face a preliminary hearing within the next ten days.
Funeral services were held on Friday in Rome, Georgia. The Floyd County Department of Family and Children’s Services took custody of Kailee’s two siblings, eight-month-old twins. According to reports the twins didn’t appear to be abused. Of course not. They’re Castro’s children.
A video tribute to Kailee is up on YouTube here.