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Report: Father Says High Stress From Hurricane Caused Him To Fatally Murder 5-Month-Old Daughter

What a time it has been for the world as of late. Sending our thoughts and love to Las Vegas.

More heart-wrenching news is on the horizon though. Sorry, folks.

A Florida father has been charged in connection with the death of his 5-month-old daughter, after admitting to fatally punching the girl on September 13.

22-year-old Dekari Castell was charged with aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder for the killing of Kali Dream Castell.


Click Orlando reported that, at the time of the attack, Dekari and his family were staying at his mother’s Orlando residence, after losing power during Hurricane Irma. His mother found the girl in an abandoned house and called 911 after attempting CPR.

The baby was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital. She was initially placed on life support before she was later pronounced dead.

During the initial interview with police, Dekari claimed that he had dropped Kali on the back of her head after "she squirmed out of his grasp." His story sounded familiar to a past investigation of abuse (shocking), which led investigators to press for answers.

He was investigated by the Department of Children and Families almost a year ago because his 4-week-old son was hospitalized for a broken femur bone at the time. Dekari said his son “squirmed out of his grasp and fell.”

However, doctors determined the femur was likely broken through child abuse. However, due to lack of probable cause, criminal charges were not filed against him. 

Based on Kali’s brain scan, doctors believe that the girl’s skull was depressed from a blow to the head…not a drop. Upon further questioning, Dekari finally admitted he punched his daughter in the head because he was "highly stressed" over the fact the family was without power and the baby would not stop crying.


The TDCF released a statement about Kali's death:

"We continue to mourn the loss of Kali and are supporting all those who loved her in any way we can. DCF’s investigation into this tragedy is ongoing and we’re coordinating with law enforcement to hold anyone responsible fully accountable. DCF had no prior interaction with Kali or her mother. It is sickening that anyone would allegedly hurt an innocent child”.

Rest in peace, Kali. 

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