Police have arrested 21-year-old Taylor Fast, and are looking for Fast’s boyfriend, after her 17-month old daughter was found beat to death.
Police say they were called to Fast’s home Sunday morning after the mother called to report her daughter, Layla, had been bitten by a spider the night before and was now unconscious.
When police arrived at the home, they found the girl dead and quickly realized that Fast’s story was complete bullshit. Layla had bruises to her face and neck, bruises all over her body, and had been dead for several hours.
“I’ve been a policeman for 32 years and this is the worst case of child abuse I have ever seen,” Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said. “Nothing even comes close to this. This child looked like a situation, say if a child was involved in a car accident. It was horrible.”
According to Roche Madden from Fox 2 St, Louis, the little girl’s face had been smashed in.
They also found that Layla’s 3-year-old brother was suffering from a broken leg and cried every time he tried to stand on it. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and police say he was lucky to survive whatever happened inside the home.
Fast was arrested and placed in jail on charges of child endangerment, but police say those charges can change depending on autopsy reports and information they may get from Fast’s boyfriend.
He is not being named, but police have been looking for him for over twenty-four hours. They haven’t named him as a suspect, but say that he is a person of interest. But like Fast’s charges, police say that status can change.
“What got me is when I first saw this child, she looked like one of my great nieces,” said Lewis. “Just a small innocent child maybe 25 pounds. Just a little one year old girl should not have experienced what this child experienced. Her last few seconds of life were a pure hell.”
As usual, a gofundme account has been established for anyone wanting to help with Layla’s funeral costs.