Saturday, August 25, 2012
Hispanic beats 3-year-old girl to death
The last words of a three-year-old girl who was taken to the emergency room covered in bruises and bite marks were, "Papa, I hate you," according to court documents. Carmen Ellis, a beaming little girl with big brown eyes, was taken off life support after succumbing to her injuries. Jose Cruz, the boyfriend of Carmen Ellis’ mother, told investigators that he lost his temper with the girl, beating the toddler repeatedly with a belt and shaking her, the documents read. Cruz said that he blanked out and lost it after Carmen began vomiting. Her mother, Samantha Ellis, told investigators that Cruz insisted her daughter would heal on her own and did not want to take her to the hospital. He is charged with murder, and will next appear in court in November 2012. Until then, he is being held in solitary confinement.