The father of a 4-year-old girl who was abused to death emotionally broke down in court at the site of the girl’s mother and mother’s boyfriend, the two people charged with the child’s death.
On Sunday, Euclid police and paramedics were called to an apartment after someone called 911 to report unresponsive child. Aniya Day-Garrett, 4, was transported to Euclid Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The hospital reported her death as a suspected homicide and the medical examiner's office confirmed the manner of death as a homicide, reported Fox 8 Cleveland.
Sierra Day and Deonte Lewis, the girl's mother and her mother's boyfriend, both face aggravated murder charges in the beating death of Aniya Day-Garrett.
When Day and Lewis appeared in court on Tuesday, the girl’s father, Mickhal Garrett, angrily screamed at them.
"You killed my **** daughter," he cried. "You hurt my baby."
According to the medical examiner’s office, the little girl died of blunt force trauma to the head and was malnourished. Euclid police officers also noted several burn marks on the child’s body.
Both Day and Lewis have pleaded not guilty, according to News 5 Cleveland.
Mickhal Garrett said he petitioned for sole custody of his daughter and tried to warn authorities she was being abused.
"I did everything in my power to let them know you know that I was a stand up dad and that my daughter was being harmed and abused at home and this was an emergency." Garrett also says he was petitioning for emergency custody at the time of his daughter's death.
Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services say that they did conduct three investigations into Aniya's case and that there is an open case right now.
On Monday, Garrett, led protestors in a demand for answers from the CFS.
“We want them held accountable. [CFS] failed me!,” Garrett said. “They failed us all! Nobody should have to go through this.”
A GoFundMe account has been created to help cover funeral expenses.
(Photo: Fox 8 Cleveland)