TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An Illinois man was accused of killing his girlfriend's daughter after the young girl spilled juice on her Xbox, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Lake County State Law Office says the child, 4-year-old Skylar Mendez, wasted juice on an Xbox while at home with the 19-year-old Johnathan Fair.
According to a charge, Fair punished the child by beating her and allegedly kicking her down the hall of the home.
After the girl went out, Fair took her to the hospital and gave the doctors contradictory accounts of what happened, the authorities said.
Fair said he was a childhood skylar when the young girl fell and hit her head. He later claimed to have allowed the police to shake and beat the 4-year-old.
Doctors said Mendez had brain swelling, and it didn't seem to be the first time she had it. Hospital staff noted earlier signs of abuse and shaking several months.
Fair was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is held at Lake County Prison, where his bond was set at $ 5 million.
Fair is scheduled to appear for a judge on February 17.
If convicted, Fair can face life in prison, as prosecutors allegedly seek a natural lifetime.