Mississippi girl dies after beating over math lesson

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

Police say a MS man fatally beat a 3-year-old girl with a bamboo rod and a cell phone cord because she couldn't correctly answer questions about numbers and then soiled her trousers. Salovich said he had used the same method to discipline Bailey at least five times per week. Other blows came from his hand.

"She apparently did not want to participate and get the correct numbers".

"He said he would pop her with his hands on her butt and legs when she got a wrong answer".

Dubose said that on the day of the beating that led to her death, "He did state. the child was giving an unusual amount of incorrect answers".

The suspect and the child's mother, who has a different last name, said the mother was in a different room.

Salovich became upset when he was informed Bailey had died.

The girl died after being airlifted to Jackson hospital for treatment. What he stated was, 'I killed my child.

Detectives asked Salovich about the severity of his beatings, if on a scale of one being a tap and 10 being as hard as he could, Dubose said "he rated them all 10s, with no hesitation".

She suffered several injuries including bleeding to the brain and lungs and possible retinal detachment.

According to testimony, Salovich told Boyd and Detective Thomas Abate that Bailey soiled herself and, after Salovich removed her clothing, she soiled herself again.

Bailey Salovich, 3, was given a severe and ultimately fatal beating by her father, a boxer, because he believed she needed to be "hard" for her to survive on the streets. Police are still investigating, including whether the mother knew about his punishment methods.

The Meridian Star reported that the girl's mum who has a different surname collapsed during the preliminary hearing when her partner was charged with capital murder and denied bail. The police chief said that in his experience, it was unusual for someone to be so upfront about admitting to child abuse.

Salovic could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges, according to the Associated Press, and is now being held without bond.

"He was pretty straightforward about what he did and why he did it", Dubose said.

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