According to court documents, the 26-year-old defendant known as Rashad, who stands accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend’s daughter and tragically strangling the child to death, will not be subject to the death penalty, as prosecutors have chosen not to pursue it. The court records indicate that Rashad allegedly used a cellphone charging cord to commit this heinous act.
This devastating incident transpired on July 2, 2023. When responding officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that Rashad had purportedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, which escalated to him stabbing and se*xually assaulting her.
The woman, who remains unnamed, managed to defend herself by stabbing Rashad and subsequently escape. In the apartment, there was the victim’s 1-year-old son, whose identity remains undisclosed, and her 2-year-old daughter named Wynter.
Following the altercation between Rashad and his ex-girlfriend, the 26-year-old man purportedly abducted Wynter and absconded in a stolen vehicle. The subsequent day, law enforcement officers attempted to apprehend Rashad.
However, he crashed the stolen vehicle into a police car. During questioning by investigators, Rashad denied abducting the young girl and claimed that he had last seen Wynter with her mother.
On July 5, 2023, authorities discovered the victim’s lifeless body in a narrow alley. The medical examiner reported that the cause of death was strangulation, with a cellphone charging cord identified as the murder weapon.
Prosecutors noted that the cord found at the crime scene was consistent with parts of the cord recovered from the stolen vehicle. In a subsequent interview, the defendant purportedly informed investigators that a dispute over money had escalated into a violent altercation with his ex-girlfriend.