Baby girl dead ‘after being beaten to the point of brain death while alone with mom’s boyfriend’ – The Sun

A 30-YEAR-old man brutally beat his girlfriend's 15-month-old daughter to death after being left alone with her, cops say.

Steven Horan had been "drinking throughout the day" when the child was found around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to TV station WIFR.

Horan was in a "emotional" state when cops arrived at the Wisconsin home and found the child, according to authorities.

The infant was not breathing at the time, and her mother was giving her CPR, according to WIFR.

She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and was pronounced brain dead on Monday.

Authorities are unsure what weapon or instrument was used in the attack on the infant.

Janesville Police Officer Craig Klementz said the discovery of the child was a shock for the cops who reported to the scene.

"We're all monitoring the officers that were involved and making sure they're not showing any signs of post-traumatic stress," he told the Janesville Gazette.

Horan had only been dating the child's mother for three months. The identities of the baby and the mother have not been released.

Information about Horan, the father of two kids, was referred to Child Protective Services "so we can ensure the welfare of the children," according to the Gazette.

Human Services Director Kate Luster spoke at a press conference, but could not confirm if CPS was involved in the case.

"As the local child-welfare agency, we are heartbroken at this senseless loss and really just extend our condolences and thoughts and prayers to this family and to the officers and others involved in responding to the scene," she told the Gazette.

Horan has been charged with reckless degree homicide and physical abuse to a child causing great bodily harm, according to WIFR.

It is believed to be the fourth homicide already this year in Janesville, where the average over the last decade has been one per year.

Janesville is a city of about 60,000.

"My hope is this is just an anomaly and we can carry on like this community has for many years," Police Chief Dave Moor told reporters.

Horan is being held in jail on a $10,000 bond.

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