Illinois sex worker allegedly beat 1-year-old daughter to death as she was 'upset' after a slow night of business
A mother who beat her one-year-old daughter to death in a fit of rage has been charged with murder.
Cook County prosecutors said Kahoy Garcia-Velasquez took her daughter's life in the early hours of July 13 after she returned home "upset" from a bad night as a sex worker, The Sun reports.
Following the attack, the 21-year-old rushed to her mother's apartment carrying the infant in her hands, screaming she wasn't breathing and wouldn't wake up to her calls.
Prosecutors said that the responding paramedics were unable to resuscitate the baby girl as her jaw had already stiffened with rigor mortis.
16-month-old Mila Anderson-Garcia was found to have died of multiple injuries due to child abuse, an autopsy concluded.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the little girl's injuries included a lacerated liver, bruising and trauma to the intestines and abdomen, and bruising to the head and scalp.
Furthermore, additional abrasions were found on her face, body, and extremities, aside from fractures to her forearms and a bite mark on her behind.
Having said that, the injuries were reportedly inflicted within a couple of hours of her death.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kahoy told detectives the bite mark on her buttocks was made by a little boy, and that the rest of the injuries were from the child falling off a moving bike.
But experts determined those explanations were not medically possible.
The report states that Kahoy allegedly left her daughter with her boyfriend at their residence in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood while she went to meet with a client to have sex in exchange for cash.
During interrogation, she told investigators she returned home about 6 am the following day after spending the entire night trying to obtain pills.
When she returned home, she was upset about not earning any money. She subsequently took Mila and locked herself in a bedroom and cried, per prosecutors.
Meanwhile, Kahoy's boyfriend said the child appeared to be healthy before he left for work about an hour later.
However, Kahoy ran to her mother's apartment at around 9.40 am on July 13 to say her baby daughter was unresponsive.
Assistant Public Defender Steven Stach said she was arrested at a funeral home on Monday afternoon while arranging services for the baby.
Kahoy is now scheduled to appear in court again in early August after Judge Mary Marubio ordered that she be remanded in custody without bail until then.
That said, the funeral for little Mila is scheduled for Friday.