Queens, New York – A man is set to face a judge Wednesday on charges he allegedly murdered his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter inside their Queens apartment.
The medical examiner ruled Bella Edwards died of blunt force trauma to her stomach. Edwards’ body showed signs of trauma consistent with abuse, a police source told PIX11. The source said that she was covered in bruises, had new injuries and several old injuries that were healing, and there were signs of sexual abuse.
Mark Jenkins, 32, is charged with second-degree depraved murder and first-degree depraved assault after Bella was found unconscious and unresponsive.
Police were called about 6 p.m. Monday to an apartment on Beach 105th Street near Shore Front Parkway and found Jenkins performing CPR on the child. According to authorities, Jenkins was the only adult with Edwards and her 3-month-old brother in the apartment for eight hours.
Jenkins is the father of the 3-month-old boy, who has been removed from the home for now, and is considered by family to be Bella’s stepfather.
Investigators believe Bella was forced to endure ongoing abuse at the hands of Mark Jenkins.
Jenkins, an ex-con who served prison time for shooting a man in the Bronx in 2004 and for an assault case in 2002, was living with Edwards, her baby brother and their mother in a Rockaway Park apartment, police said.
There are so many children dying at the hands of their mother’s boyfriend, that KissyDenise.com has a tag called “The Boyfriend Did It.”
That little girl was way too beautiful to trust around just any man… Any woman should know to check her small child for signs of abuse…
Ladies, STOP leaving your kids with the boyfriend. It often doesn’t end well. We all need help, so you must calculate the cost of daycare into the cost of having children. Sure that’s not 100 percent either. But that’s a 99% better option than leaving them in a secluded place where a man can do anything he wants to them.