Man charged with murder after he hit a seven-week-old baby and squeezed her to death 'out of frustration' while changing her diaper

Little Gwendolyn suffered a severe skull fracture and several broken ribs after Artem Eydelman allegedly beat her to death


                            Man charged with murder after he hit a seven-week-old baby and squeezed her to death 'out of frustration' while changing her diaper

A newborn died after a Florida man punched and squeezed her "out of frustration" while changing her diaper. Seven-week-old Gwendolyn Eydelman was killed by Artem Eydelman, 29, leading to a charge of first-degree murder against the latter. On November 17, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive child at a residence in the 1200 block of 117 Street North in Largo.

According to a statement from the sheriff's office, Gwendolyn was not breathing when officers arrived at the scene, prompting them to summon paramedics who rushed the infant to John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Daily Mail reports.

Mariah Samon, 26, (pictured) met Eydelman when she was three months pregnant with Gwendolyn. (pictured) (GoFundMe)
Mariah Samon, 26, (pictured) met Eydelman when she was three months pregnant with Gwendolyn. (pictured) (GoFundMe)

It was found that Gwendolyn had suffered severe skull fracture "consistent with high-force impact", bleeding from her brain and several rib fractures which were consistent with compression, doctors later told detectives. According to the sheriff's office, Gwendolyn tragically succumbed to her injuries on November 19 after doctors decided to remove her from life support. The infant's mother was at work on the day Eydelman allegedly killed her. He was not Gwendolyn's biological father, although he signed her birth certificate when she was born, deputies said.  According to the mother Mariah Samon, 26, she met Eydelman when she was three months pregnant.



 

Initially, the suspect claimed that he put little Gwendolyn down in her bassinet, which was located in Artem and Mariah's bedroom, after feeding her and went to sleep in his bed. About 15 minutes later, he returned to find Gwendolyn unresponsive and not breathing. He allegedly alerted a family member in the home and dialed 911. 

Numerous inconsistencies were identified in Artem's statements during the investigation, detectives said. They learned via various investigative techniques that prior to the child losing consciousness on November 17, 2018, Artem had struck Gwendolyn in the head and squeezed the child’s midsection with considerable force.

Gwendolyn had suffered severe skull fracture consistent with high force impact, bleeding on the brain, and several rib fractures consistent with compression trauma, doctors told detectives. (GoFundMe)
Gwendolyn had suffered severe skull fracture consistent with high force impact, bleeding on the brain, and several rib fractures consistent with compression trauma, doctors told detectives. (GoFundMe)

During an interview at the Sheriff’s Administration Building on November 26, Artem admitted to striking Gwendolyn in the head with a closed fist "out of frustration" while changing her diaper before shaking the child and squeezing her midsection, per a police statement.

Artem was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident, detectives said. He faces charges including one count of first-degree murder while he has already been charged with one count of Violation of Probation- robbery by sudden snatching, and one count of Violation of Probation- dealing in stolen property earlier.

Well-wishers of Samon have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses for Gwendolyn’s memorial, cremation, future attorney bills, and the mother's household bills. Family members wrote on the website: "Gwen was so loved and we are so devastated. Gwen was 7 weeks old. She loved to be held, rocked, kissed on her tiny feet and bath time. Her favorite song was you are my sunshine, baby shark and hush little baby.

"She was the best baby a family could ask for. We never thought it would happen to us and to someone we all held so dearly to our hearts. However, unfortunately, it did. Our world has been tilted on its axis and our faith is being tested. Gwendolyn’s mother and is being so strong."