The death of a nine-year-old girl has been ruled a homicide after a police investigation uncovered startling details about the child’s final moments.
Shalom Guifarro, 9, was found dead Sunday with head trauma and bite marks on his back in the apartment above a restaurant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Police sources told the New York Daily News that Shalom’s angry mother, Shemene Cato, 48, “beat her up and put her on time off.”
Sources told the Daily News that around 1 p.m. Shemene called the police and said her daughter was not breathing.
The victim’s 13-year-old sister told police that her mother “threw a tantrum” and punished Shalom by “beating her and giving her time off,” according to the outlet.
The 13-year-old said she and the mother then went to the kitchen to eat and found Shalom unconscious.
Investigators are now examining three items for forensic clues, a tree branch found in Shalom’s bedroom, a “curved piece of furniture” and an extension cord discovered in the apartment’s hallway, the Daily News reported.
Officials believe the extension cord was the murder weapon after Shalom’s back was badly injured and the left side of her head and ear became swollen, sources told the outlet.
The child’s ankles were also injured, investigators added.
Employees at the Memphis Seoul restaurant called owner Bart Hubbuch on Sunday to report a bad smell, “almost like sewage leaking into the restaurant from the apartment,” the New York Post reported.
Hubbuch called the landlord, and the janitor went to check the apartment before the police arrived.
He recalled that the two children were “very well behaved.”
“But the mother was a nightmare. She always yelled at her. She had this little dog and was really skinny,” Hubbuch told the Post.
Police also removed two dogs in boxes from the home. Neighbors said the family has a small dog and another larger “pit bull-like” dog.
Authorities charged Shemene with murder, manslaughter, assault, child endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.
Sources told the Daily News that the mother had been the subject of previous domestic grievances, but it was unclear if it was Shalom.
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