A 3-year-old Florida girl was reportedly raped and beaten by her new stepfather, who had married the child's mother just one week before she died.
Charlie Brame died Monday at an Orlando hospital and investigators say her body showed signs of recent sexual and “aggravated child abuse with severe brain trauma,” reports the New York Daily News. Her stepfather, Pascal Kaufmann, 19, allegedly told police the girl stopped moving on Saturday when he was babysitting for her alone while her mother was at work.
Police say it “was unlikely that (Brame) could receive such severe head trauma from falling out of the bed” and that her injuries were “more consistent with blunt trauma to the back of the skull.”
Kaufmann moved to the United States from Germany in August and married Charlie’s mother Emma Paige Liggett last week, reports WFTV. He was charged with child neglect and rape and has been denied bail. Depending on the results of an autopsy report, he could face additional charges.
"In all likelihood, what we're going to see is a charge of first-degree murder for the death of this child," WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.
Charlie’s biological father had reportedly begged her mother not to leave Kaufmann alone with the little girl after he found out he had spanked her. He reportedly told her that “(Kaufmann) is to never touch his daughter again or he would kill him,” according to a police report. The father reportedly had no comment after the horrific incident.