Saturday, October 15, 2011
A Hispanic teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with the beating death of the one-year-old child of his girlfriend
Joshua Guzman, 18, was charged with assault and child endangerment after hitting the child's head twice against the wall. Seth Azemi, aged 14 months, was declared brain dead after spending a week on life support when he was admitted to hospital with two skull fractures. His mother, 25-year-old Stephanie Soto, left Seth in the care of her younger boyfriend. Court papers say that Guzman was walking with the baby in his arms when he swung his body around, hitting the child's head against a bedroom wall. Then, when he shut the door as he was leaving the room, he struck the boy's head in the process. Police say that he repeatedly banged the child's head against the wall. A medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of death but depending on the results the charges may be upgraded to murder. Soto was a no-show at a family court hearing over the custody of her two other children. Soto's two other children, a five-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, were removed from her custody by the city Administration for Children's Services after Seth's death.