A Mississippi poor excuse for a father has fessed up to abusing and beating his three-year-old daughter to death because he lost his temper when she couldn’t answer math questions correctly and gave investigators the excuse that ‘she had to be tough if she wanted to survive.’
Salovich’s gave the excuse of why he did it, saying ‘this was a tough world and she had to be tough if she wanted to survive,’ according to Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose said Monday.
Detective Kevin Boyd continued:
‘She apparently did not want to participate and get the correct numbers. He said he would pop her with his hands on her butt and legs when she got a wrong answer… (he said he) backhanded her several times in the stomach because she kept getting it wrong.’
When Salovich was given the news that the child died, Boyd claimed he ‘got upset. What he stated was, “I killed my child. I killed my child.”‘
Dubose said they still don’t know whether Salovich is the child’s actual biological father. Salovich’s court-appointed lawyer didn’t directly respond to a phone message and an email seeking comment on the matter on Monday evening.
Police were called Friday afternoon after the child arrived at a local emergency room with bruises and cuts all over her body, and at least one head wound, Dubose said.
Questioning Salovich and the child’s mother separately, Dubose said Salovich told police that he was asking the toddler questions about numbers and would ‘pop’ her when she answered incorrectly. Salovich said he had used the same method to discipline the child at least five times per week, Dubose said. Salovich told police he used a bamboo rod until it broke, then switched to a cellphone cord to administer some of the licks. Other blows came from his hand.
‘He did state that on that day, the child was giving an unusual amount of incorrect answers,’ Dubose said.
The girl was later taken by helicopter to a Jackson hospital for treatment, where she died Saturday afternoon, Dubose said. Police said the toddler’s injuries included bleeding in the brain and lungs, and possible retinal detachment. Police are awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death.
When investigators asked Salovich how hard he had hit the child, on a scale of one being a tap and 10 being as hard as he could, ‘he rated them all 10s, with no hesitation,’ Dubose said.
The it was also reported that detectives Boyd and Thomas Abate testified that Bailey Salovich soiled herself and, after Joshua Salovich took her clothing off, she soiled herself again.
Dubose said the mother of Bailey, who has a different last name, said the mother was in a different room, excusing why she hasn’t been charged with a crime. But Dubose said police are still investigating, including whether the mother knew that the punishment dealt on the little girl had been going on, or if she had been a part of a history of violence. There were no previous reports of violence.
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