A man struggled to control his infant’s crying, so he dropped, slapped and slammed the infant until the helpless victim died.
Now, he’ll never hurt another child.
This month, a judge in Florida ordered Calib Scott to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his baby. Scott was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm.
Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, but the judicial process instead ended with a life sentence.
On June 11, 2019, Scott murdered his 5-month-old baby in his home, according to the State Attorney’s Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit.
Scott was taking care of the baby and struggled to control the infant’s crying, prosecutors said.
“Instead of acting like a normal father, Scott went another direction,” prosecutors noted in describing his crimes. When the baby wouldn’t stop, Scott dropped, slapped, struck and slammed the child.
Medics were called to the scene and found the infant unresponsive and dehydrated. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to prosecutors. The child had multiple blunt force injuries and had been burned by cigarettes.
“Baby Damon suffered through 5 months of hell and ultimately died at the hands of his father,” State’s Attorney R.J. Larizza said. “What he suffered is unimaginable.
“How could a father be so selfish and cruel?”
The child’s mother, Stephanie Holly, also faces charges, according to WNDB. Holly fled to Michigan after the child’s death and was arrested exactly one year later.
She was not home at the time of the death. Investigators noted the residence was in unlivable conditions to do filth as well as dog urine and feces in the home.
Holly was charged with neglect of a child causing great bodily harm, failure to report child abuse and culpable negligence causing harm. She is being held in jail on $210,000 bond.