GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man in Michigan was convicted of first degree murder after being accused of killing his infant daughter while orally raping her.
Last year, 26-year-old Steven Deuman says he left 15-week-old Evelynne Deuman on a bed and walked away to smoke a cigarette. When he returned, he found his daughter on the floor bleeding from the nose, unconscious and not breathing.
What he didn’t tell anyone, until much later, was that he also found a used condom in her mouth. He also didn’t call 911. Instead he called the girl’s mother, Natasha Maitland, and told her their baby wasn’t breathing. Only after she drove home from work was a call made to 911.
Instead of waiting for an ambulance, they attempted to drive Evelynne to the hospital, but were told to pull over by 911 dispatch. A paramedic arrived and tried to revive Evelynne before rushing her to the hospital. But it was too late as, according to prosecutors, she had been dead for awhile.
It wasn’t until later that night that Deuman allegedly whispered to Maitland that he felt that the baby had choked to death on a used condom. The condom would be found underneath a diaper in the bedroom and contained Evelynne’s DNA on the outside, and her parents’ DNA on the inside.
An investigation ensued, and Deuman would be charged with her murder, prosecutors alleging Evelynne had choked on the condom while Deuman was orally raping her. During his trial, Deuman’s attorney said that this was not a case of his client face-fucking an infant, but that Evelynne had fallen off the bed and then sucked up the discarded condom like a vacuum cleaner — an explanation prosecutors say is impossible.
“This was no accident. She couldn’t roll over, much less crawl. She certainly wasn’t capable of overcoming the obstacles on her bed, the pillows, to end up on the floor,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Green said to the jurors. “Even if (she did), how is she going to suck that condom up?”
It also didn’t help Deuman’s case that jurors heard from other witnesses who said that, as children, they were also sexually assaulted by Deuman. The jury sided with the prosecution and after deliberating for about an hour, found Deuman guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault. He’s facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison.