A Michigan man pleaded guilty to helping kill his almost three-year-old daughter when her mother got frustrated over the child's frequent potty training accidents.
Khairy Simon, 27, confessed to the crime in a Genesee County courtroom on Tuesday, according to WJRT-TV in Flint. Simon originally faced five criminal charges and was looking at a probable life sentence in prison, but in exchange for agreeing to testify against the mother of his child, Erika Finley, 29, Simon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and removal of a body.
He could still potentially be sentenced to life, but the prosecutor asked for leniency from the court.
Simon told the court that in May of 2016 he and Finley were trying to potty train their daughter Kimora, according to WJRT-TV. When the child would continue to have accidents, they would beat her. Finley beat her many times not only with a fist, but with an extension cord. The beatings were so severe that they killed the child, Simon said.
The couple's two other children, a 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old boy, were in the house at the time, according to WNEM-TV in Michigan.
Simon said he wanted to stop Finley, but he didn't.
"I tried. I tried to stop her, but she's domineering," Simon said in court, according to WJRT-TV. "She's much bigger than me. And at that time, she felt like she had to get her point across."
Simon went on to explain that when the child died, Finley put the body in a trash bag and then a backpack. He said he dug a hole next to train tracks and buried her there.
Investigators didn't even realize the child was missing until months later in December, when a teacher notified child services about marks on the couple's 5-year-old boy's body. When authorities visited the house they asked about Kimora, according to WNEM-TV. The couple was arrested when they provided different stories about the child's whereabouts.
Even though Simon took investigators to the spot where he said they buried Kimora many times, the child's body has never been found. Authorities believe it may have been carried away by animals.
Simon will be sentenced in July and is scheduled to testify against Finley in October.
[Photo: Flint Police Department]