A Mississippi man was charged for beating a three-year-old girl to death simply because she could not correctly answer some mathematics-related questions he threw her way.
Meridian Police Detective Kevin Boyd said that 25-year-old Joshua Salovich told the police that he was teaching the little girl “her numbers” but would result to striking her each time she answered incorrectly.
Boyd testified on Monday and said: “She apparently did not want to participate and get the correct numbers. He said he would pop her with his hands on her butt and legs when she got a wrong answer… He said he backhanded her several times in the stomach because she kept getting it wrong.”
Salovich allegedly told the police that he not only beat the child with his hands, sometimes he used a charging cord and a bamboo rod, too. When asked how hard he beat the girl from a scale of 1-10, Salovich without hesitation answered “10.”
The suspect also admitted that he would “discipline” the girl that way several times a week.
Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose said that on the unfortunate day of the child’s death, the child gave an “unusual” amount of incorrect answers. The poor girl was brought to a hospital for her injuries.
Police said the little girl, Bailey Salovich, arrived with marks on her buttocks and legs, as well as swelling in her abdomen and bleeding in her brain. She later died on Saturday due to her injuries.
Salovich became agitated when he learned about his child’s death that he is fully aware of is due to his beatings. He kept saying: “I killed my child! I killed my child!”
Police said it remains unclear whether the girl was Salovich’s biological father.
Bailey’s mother cried throughout the hearing and collapsed after it was all over.
The court charged Salovich with capital murder and could face the death penalty. He has been denied bail.