A Michigan father has been convicted of orally raping and murdering his 15 week-old daughter. Steven Deuman, 26, was convicted of first degree murder and aggravated assault after he killed baby Evelynne Deuman.
Evelynne was found dead with a condum in her mouth on August, 12, 2011 in her father’s home. Her body was discovered after Steven called her mother, Natasha Maitland, and said he had left her alone while he took a smoke and returned to find her unresponsive on the floor.
The prosecution scoffed at Steven’s story, pointing out that at 15 weeks, Evelynne was too young to crawl or roll.
“Even if she did end up on the floor,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Green, who tried the case because the death occurred on tribal land. “How was she going to suck that condom up?”
Though Steven still maintains that his daughter’s death was an accident, forensic experts found no evidence that she fell.
At his sentencing, Natasha Maitland confronted Steven and blasted him for what he did to their daughter.
“If I was asked to describe you, two words stick out — coward and monster,” Natasha said to Steven. “You are a monster for what you did to Evelynne, that you would do such horrific things to take her life.”
“You still can’t own up to what you did,” she added, according to Michigan Live. “You are an evil person and you deserve the treatment you are about to receive.”
Steven was sentenced to two life sentences, one for each count. While Natasha is satisfied with the sentence, it will never bring back her little girl.
“I wish I could come up with words to explain how deeply I hurt,” she said. “I will never hear her first words, see her first steps. Evelynne had such great potential before the defendant stole it all away from her.”