Many new moms need help from friends and family after giving birth. But no mom would ever expect this to happen if she were to ask her neighbor to watch the baby while she ran out for milk.
Daniel Ruiz, 25, has been convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison after killing the 1-year-old daughter of his girlfriend's neighbor. The Florida man crushed little Scarlett to death with his own foot after his girlfriend asked him to watch the baby while she quickly went to the grocery store with the child's mother.
According to police, Ruiz said that he felt like the women were taking advantage of him. Out of frustration, he approached the little girl and used his bodyweight to put pressure on her fragile frame.
"He then placed his left foot on her chest, applying most of his 230 pounds of weight on her body," Kathleen DiDonato, deputy district attorney, said in a statement.
While Scarlett gasped for breath, Ruiz started flipping through TV channels and didn't notice that the injured child was having a seizure until a few minutes later. The child's mom and Ruiz's girlfriend were only gone for 30-45 minutes, and when they returned, they ran the child across the street to a fire station.
Scarlett died from her injuries shortly upon arrival at the hospital. Ruiz initially denied any involvement but later admitted that he "actually felt better stepping on the victim as he sat there watching television."