Law enforcement in Orange County says that they've made an arrest stemming from an investigation into a child's death that occurred during Hurricane Irma.
Police say that shortly after Irma hit Center Florida they received a call about a six-month-old child being unresponsive at a location in Orlando on Lescot Lane.
Officers quickly realized once they arrived at the home that it was the same location where double-murderer Markieth Lloyd, a man who shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend last year and then later killed Police Lt. Debra Clayton in the same home when she responded to the dispatch call.
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The Markieth Loyd trial made national headlines, so officers were stunned to be returning to the same home.
Once Police arrived at the scene it was discovered that the baby girl, named Kali, had a fractured skull, and the father, 22-year-old Dekari Castell continued to make different claims as to why happened.
First, he said it was a result of the Hurricane and it blew the baby down the steps. Later he said she must have fallen from inside the home, later saying he dropped the girl on accident.
Castell said he and the child’s mother were staying at a home because their residence had lost power during the brutal storm which was wreaking havoc on the region.
Eventually, Castell finally admitted to police that he was “highly stressed as a result of being without power during the hurricane and that his daughter would not stop crying” and that he hit her.
Castell claims he hit his child twice in the head with an open fist, but an autopsy has revealed multiple skull fractures with such blunt force that it was clearly out of rage.
After hitting her, investigators said Castell told them the baby became quiet, and he laid her on a bed before calling the baby’s mother.
Detectives have now charged Castell with first-degree murder in the death of his child.
Castell also was the subject of a Florida Department of Children and Families investigation after his 4-week old son suffered a broken femur back in September of 2016, but for some reason, he was not charged criminally in that case.
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