A Bronx woman who ran a day care out of her apartment called the abuse that led to the death of a baby in her care: "wrestling."
Athena Skeeter, 40, was charged with manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of little 20-month-old Cardell Williamson.
It is best when we have direct quotes. It is difficult when the press paraphrases, or breaks up quotes. However, here we seem to have enough for analysis:
"I was wrestling with Cardell," Skeeter told police, according to court documents. "I flipped him on the bed. … I lifted him by one arm and one leg and threw him to the floor."
Note the word "with" when found between people, indicates distance.
Note the strong use of "I" and past tense verbs.
She is speaking truthful sentences. These are the things she did to a toddler.
After Cardell landed on the hardwood floor, Skeeter allegedly told police she stepped on the toddler's stomach three times, but argued that she "didn't use full force."
Which indicates the use of force when she stomped him.
"I then threw my son on top of Cardell and stepped on his stomach three times," she told cops. "Cardell acted different after that."
She stomped the child. Even if the number 3 appears, and the number of stomps is debated, that she stomped him is true. Look at the pronoun "I" and the past tense verbs to guide you on what she did. I bet the autopsy will agree, perhaps not with severity or number, but will verify that what she said she did, she did. She had beaten this child before.
After being stomped on numerous times, the child threw up and his head kept tilting, Skeeter told police.
"He couldn't walk on his own," Skeeter told cops. "I put him in the bathtub and put cold water on his face."
There is no deceit in these sentences, even if the number of stomps is not accurate (3), as she described, basically, the "wrestling moves" she put upon the child, which killed the child.
She beat him to death.
Skeeter told police she left the bathroom to get a chair and when she returned, Williamson's head was in the now steaming-hot water.
"Cardell was unresponsive and had burns on his arm and face," she continued. "My mother was in her room the whole time. I was in my room with the boys playing."
Next, the boy's father spoke. How close was the father and son?
The boy's father, Carlyle Williamson, said his son came home before with bruises and a split lip but that the day care operator always had an excuse.
"I hope she gets charged to the fullest extent of the law," he said. "She took a presence from my life that will never be replaced." Note that the child was a "presence" in his life.