The mom of a 9-year-old Brooklyn lady tossed a mattress on her daughter after beating her — then repeatedly ignored pleas of “mommy assist me” earlier than the younger lady died, prosecutors stated Tuesday.
Shemene Cato, 48, brutally attacked little Shalom Guifarro and her 13-year-old sister for 2 hours earlier than mortally injuring her daughter on Sunday, Brooklyn Assistant District Legal professional David Ingle stated on the mother’s arraignment.
The prosecutor stated it wasn’t till the older lady snuck off and known as 911 that cops confirmed up on the Crown Heights dwelling and located Shalom.
“As detailed within the criticism, a physician on the medical expert’s workplace decided that Shalom suffered a number of blunt drive influence injures concerning the head and physique, leading to inner bleeding which in the end triggered the loss of life of Shalom,” Ingle stated.
Cato was arraigned on a second-degree homicide cost and ordered held with out bail by Choose Simiyon Haniff, who additionally issued an order of safety for the older lady.
“Miss Cato, I seen your head has been down however I need you to ensure you heard and perceive,” Haniff instructed Cato, who burst into tears in court docket.
Police had responded to Cato’s dwelling in Crown Heights round 1 p.m. on Sunday and located the lady badly bruised and lifeless contained in the house.
In response to the useless lady’s sister, Shalom was “spanked” by her mother and put in trip after a mood tantrum earlier than she was discovered unresponsive, police stated.
Prosecutors stated in a criticism filed Tuesday that Cato allegedly beat her two daughters over a lacking pc pill, prompting Shalom to flee and conceal below the mattress.
Cato then lifted the mattress and dropped it on her youthful daughter’s head, then ignored the lady’s pleas for assist as she bled internally, the criticism stated.
Cops had visited the house 14 occasions earlier than for home violence reviews — most involving Cato complaining about alleged harassment by her ex, information present.
Officers stated metropolis little one companies had not been concerned with the household prior to now.
Nonetheless, neighbors instructed The Put up that the household might typically be heard arguing.
“I heard plenty of screaming and preventing from the house,” neighbor Jason Rahimzadeh stated Monday. “I heard loud arguments at the very least 10 occasions, the place they have been screaming on the high of their lungs. The household saved to themselves.
“Everybody within the constructing is so good and calm, however all of us knew that house was bother.”
Bart Hubbuch, who owns the bar close to the house, stated Cato persistently yells on the youngsters.
“Their mom continuously stubborn them out and wouldn’t allow them to play with the opposite youngsters on the block,” stated Hubbuch.
Cato works for town Human Assets Administration, along with her union choosing up the tab for the lawyer’s authorized charges, in keeping with sources.
The lawyer, Edward Mandery of Brooklyn Defender Companies, declined to remark as he left the courthouse Tuesday.