A 21-year-old mother in Florida has just admitted that she killed her toddler by smashing her head into a wall. Chelsea Huggett has been arrested and charged with murder and child abuse in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Aliyah Marie Branum. Stomach not turned enough yet? How's this: Huggett is also currently eight months pregnant.
After being arrested on May 2, Huggett admitted to shaking her child, head butting her, and smashing her head into the wall because she wouldn't stop "whining". An autopsy on Aliyah showed bruising all over her entire body, and a fractured skull and hemorrhaging on her brain. Excessive trauma was cited as the cause of death. When police first arrived at Huggett's home, she claimed that her boyfriend poisoned the child with bug spray, but then changed her story, saying that maybe it was her roommate.
To call Huggett's alleged actions disgusting is the understatement of the century. Anyone who could smash a toddler's head into a wall shouldn't be alive, nevertheless have a child. But what makes this horrifying case all the worse is that someone had already reported Huggett to the Department of Children and Families -- twice. The first time was after the person saw Huggett hit her child, the second was after it was discovered she left her in a dirty diaper for hours on end. An investigation was opened, but nothing was found. How could that be?
It's hard to believe that there were no other signs or red flags regarding the way Aliyah was treated after her mother's supposed behavior was reported on two occasions -- and after her body was found to be covered in bruises. More should have been done. A private investigation, anything. This little girl didn't have to die. She should be alive right now with her life ahead of her.
If found guilty, I hope Huggett rots away the rest of her life in jail. Or has her life taken away. And needless to say, if she did commit these heinous acts, the child that she's pregnant with now should be taken away the moment she gives birth.
What do you think of this?
Image via Citrus County Sherriff's Office