Update: 4/04/09-Nearly one month after he daughter was brutally beaten and murdered, Danielle McCleary, 23, was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child neglect. More at end of article.
Tampa, FL–Kenneth Lopez, 21, is a fucking douche. He recently invented yet another way to sadistically and brutally quiet a crying child…for good. When his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, Gabrielle Randel, wouldn’t shut up and go to sleep, Lopez threw a blanket party in the child’s honor.
Lopez was caring for Gabrielle and her 3-year-old brother Saturday evening. Gabrielle was fussing a bit and wouldn’t go to sleep. Instead of just letting the child fuss, or plopping her in front of the TV until she tired, Lopez wrapped the toddler in a towel, wound a sheet around her face and body, and proceeded to beat the shit out of her. She quit crying…and at some point that night, she quit breathing.
Gabrielle’s mother, Danielle McCleary, returned to the motel where the four of them were living, at around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning. She found her child unconscious and unresponsive. After 911 was called, Gabrielle was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital suffering blunt trauma to the forehead, multiple bruises, abrasions, and a visible hand mark on her body. Emergency personnel were able to stabilize the child’s condition; unfortunately, that wasn’t enough. Little Gabrielle died at 1:00 Sunday afternoon.
Kenneth Lopez admitted that he beat the child. He was arrested and initially charged with aggravated child abuse. Additional charges are pending the M.E.’s review. He is being held without bond. I hope this puny little bitch gets his ass handed to him on a plate in prison. Dick…
Gabrielle’s 3-year-old brother, who was in the room at the time of the beating, was removed and placed with DSS.
Update 4/04/09–You don’t know how happy I am to be able to add Danielle’s mug shot to this story, especially after discovering that Danielle was in the room the entire time Lopez was beating the shit out of Gabrielle. Yes, she watched as Lopez bound and beat her child, and she did nothing about it. She failed Gabrielle in a big way.
McCleary and her lawyer are surprised at the severity of charges against her. Her lawyer has this to say, ‘The state’s theory under the circumstances is that she failed to protect her daughter from the act of her boyfriend. I think certainly no one can really have an idea of what a situation is like until they sit in somebody’s shoes.’ He also stated that Danielle is going to cooperate with authorities ‘to try to get the guy who belongs in prison for this in prison – that being Mr. Lopez.’ Danielle is ‘heart-broken’ over the death of her daughter and the charges against her are ‘difficult for her to handle.’ She has been released from Orient Road Jail on $15,000 bail. Fuck her…bitch can rot right next to Kenneth as far as I’m concerned.
And Kenneth Lopez remains in jail, without bond, on charges of first-degree murder.
Reeseshaven and Tazzzz are covering this one in our forums as well.