A Wisconsin man is accused of causing the death of his girlfriend’s 16-month-old daughter through sustained abuse, police say.
"In speaking with investigators, they said this was possibly the worst case of child abuse they've ever seen," said Capt. Kevin Warych with Green Bay Police to WGBA.
The toddler’s mom brought her daughter to the hospital on May 25. The little girl was dead before they even arrived.
The medical examiner found that she had suffered from severe physical abuse, including deep bruising and neglect. In the investigation that followed, authorities came to believe that 30-year-old Juan Maravilla, who is not the girl’s father but is the boyfriend of her mother, was responsible for the abuse.
"An investigation of this magnitude, of this severity, is very concerning for the community because the community needs closure," said Warych to WLUK. "When they hear about a baby who had no recourse and had no way to defend him or herself and be susceptible with such violent behavior, we as the police department, we as a community, want to know the person is in jail who is held responsible for this action.”
Police have requested charges against Maravilla, including first-degree reckless homicide and child abuse, but formal charges from prosecutors have reportedly not yet been filed. Maravilla is currently being held at the Brown County Jail on a probation violation stemming from a previous incident, according to WLUK.
[Image: Brown County Jail]