A Memphis, Tennessee man is in police custody after authorities say he beat a 2-year-old to death with a basketball shoe after she accidentally defecated on the floor.
Police report that 23-year-old Calvin Jones was babysitting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter when the child had an accident on the floor.
Jones told police that he “disciplined” the child with a basketball shoe and the back of his hand, smacking her several times.
When the child’s mother, 21-year-old Anisha Alford returned, the child reportedly complained of not feeling well and was cold to the touch.
A witness tells police they saw the child gagging and spitting up with her eyes rolling in the back of her head but say Alford refused to take her to a hospital.
Instead the couple went to sleep and woke up in the morning to find the child dead.
Jones faces charges of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
Alford has been charged with first degree child abuse as well.