A man was charged with beating to death his girlfriend’s daughter, a four-year-old with a spine disorder, because the girl was not yet toilet-trained, police said.
Chardaisah Jackson was rushed to Temple University Hospital on Thursday, said Homicide Detective Philip Riehl.
She later died there after surgery.
Horace Watters, 24, who lived with the girl and her mother, Chardae Jackson, in North Philadelphia, was charged with murder.
Watters told Jackson after she came home from work on Thursday that Chardaisah had fallen off the toilet and struck her head against the bathtub, police said. Later, Chardaisah had seizures and an ambulance was called.
A neighbour, Miles Williams, said he thought Watters’ behaviour was odd when help arrived.
“He carried her out, limp in his arms and put her in there (the ambulance) and went back to the doorway,” said Williams, 41.
“It just looked strange. If that was your child, wouldn’t you go in there with them?”
Watters was in jail and it was unclear if he had an attorney.
Jackson and Watters moved to Philadelphia from Baltimore about nine months ago, Williams said.
Watters was not the child’s father, Riehl said.