GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Last year we reported on Steven Deuman, the Michigan man found guilty of killing his infant daughter while orally raping her. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two life terms in prison.
For those of you who missed this horrible story, 28-year-old Steven Deuman said he found 15-week-old Evelynne Deuman on the floor bleeding from the nose, unconscious and not breathing.
Instead of calling 911 for help, he called the girl’s mother, Natasha Maitland, and told her their baby wasn’t breathing. A call to 911 was not made until after Maitland drove back home from work.
Instead of waiting for an ambulance, they attempted to drive to the hospital, but were met by responding paramedics who tried to revive Evelynne before rushing her to the hospital. But, according to prosecutors, Evelynne had been dead for far too long.
It wasn’t until later that night that Deuman allegedly whispered to Maitland that he had pulled a used condom out of their daughter’s mouth. 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.
Deuman would eventually be charged with murder, prosecutors alleging Evelynne had choked on the condom while Deuman was orally raping her. Deuman’s attorney said that the infant’s death was not the result of a face-fucking, but that she’d somehow rolled off the bed and sucked up a discarded condom like a vacuum – a scenario prosecutors argued was 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. In September 2012, the jury sided with the prosecution and after deliberating for about an hour, found Deuman guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault.
Before he was sentenced, Maitland addressed Deuman stating: “If I was asked to describe you, two words stick out – coward and monster. You are a monster for what you did to Evelynne, that you would do such horrific things to take her life. You are an evil person and you deserve the treatment you are about to receive.”
Deuman still maintained his innocence, sticking to his story that the baby had eaten the condom. “There really isn’t much to say,” Deuman said to the judge. “In a way I do feel responsible. My heart does deeply mourn the loss of her. I feel bad for my son because he doesn’t get to know his sister.”
Judge Quist described the crime as “one of the most serious and perverse crimes that a person can commit,” adding that he felt Deuman was a danger to children. He then sentenced Deuman to two life terms. “He would be very dangerous, in my judgment, at any stage of life,” said Quist.