The New York City Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Brooklyn toddler a homicide.
Jeida Torres, 3, was found bruised and unresponsive Saturday afternoon in the Bushwick apartment where she lived, which is a homeless shelter. Torres’ stepfather, Kelsey Shawn Smith, 20, was arrested Sunday on charges of felony assault and acting in a manner that was injurious to a child less than 17 years old.
An autopsy found blunt injuries to the head and torso killed the child.
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Additional charges are expected to be filed.
Smith allegedly beat the child after she soiled herself. Torres’ brother was also treated for injuries at a local hospital.