In 2021, the mother of 11-month-old Ka’oir Richard was working when 25-year-old Bryce Ceaser crushed the baby’s skull because she would not stop crying, KFDM reported.
After the fatal beating, Ka’oir's mother reportedly received a Facetime call from Ceaser during which he showed her a cell phone picture of the infant’s lifeless body, officials said.
Caesar phoned 911 and told dispatchers that the baby had choked while eating cheese and crackers. However, he would later tell detectives that he cracked the infant’s skull and violently shook her, according to KFDM.
Authorities conducted a CT scan on the baby and determined she suffered brain bleeding and bruising to her shoulder and temple.
At trial, prosecutor Tommy Coleman told the jury, “He was mad he couldn’t pay the bills, couldn’t pay for a haircut…The baby’s skull was crushed. This defendant crushed the baby’s skull because he wanted to play a video game,” KFDM reported.
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Defense attorneys argued that Ceasar did not intentionally inflict the fatal injuries on the infant, but on Dec. 1, a jury found him guilty of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, and injury to a child, officials said.
Caesar recently was sentenced to 30 years on each count. The sentences will run concurrently.
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