Babysitter Boyfriend

Paramedics were called to a room on a report of an ill child. Latimar Byrdsell, 23, was caring for the little 3 year old girl while the mother worked. He was the mother’s boyfriend. Reportedly he had noticed the child was having difficulty breathing. The little girl was transported to a hospital.

Hospital officials then notified authorities of a suspicion that the child had been sexually assaulted. Soon after arriving at the hospital, the child died.

Police believe that after digitally assaulting the little girl, Birdsell then attempted to smother her with a pillow.

Byrdsell is facing 1st degree murder charges and aggravated sexual assault as well as other charges. A psychiatric exam has been ordered for him.

It’s not easy being a single parent. With only one income, there is shelter, food, clothing, and other incidentals. I don’t know what kind of work this mother did or what her income was, but I do know that chld care is expensive. By the time a single parent pays for the food, clothing and shelter, there is often very little left over for child care. Many times the boyfriend is pressed into service.

I have many questions on this. Did he care for the child on a regular basis? It isn’t indicated. Had the child been assaulted before? It isn’t indicated. Why wasn’t he working and helping to support the household? It isn’t indicated.

She was still just a baby.


A big thanks to Soobs for the update on this one.

Byrdsell loudly protested his innocence when entering the courtroom.



  1. Soobs said,

    July 14, 2006 at 4:44 am

    I was a divorced parent. I didn’t let anyone I dated even MEET my kid, until I was practically engaged again. I don’t understand the need for kids to be with “the boyfriend” or “the girlfriend” but I admit to be hypervigilent in this area.

  2. Soobs said,

    July 14, 2006 at 4:46 am

    Here’s an updated link.

  3. Teej said,

    August 11, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    I almost got sick just reading that. Disgusting pig. He doesn’t even deserve the death penalty. He deserves to be tortured and rot for what he did. TERRIBLE.

  4. sharon said,

    January 27, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t think that he did this crime i know this man for a long time and i know he would not do anyone’s child that way because he had his own child that also died. So he already knows how it is to loose someone so close to him, his own child 14 months old and this little baby is only 3 years old. So many people sitting here writing with their alligations not looking on the outside in does not know that this woman left her child with numerous men that she have been dating who knows who could of did it. Now the breathing part maybe the child had upper respitory problems, and how did they know that she was suffercated with a pillow if she was wouldn’t she had died at the home and not in the hospital think about it people do the math that little town just wanted justice and now there going to put the blame on just anyone he is the closes so why not?

  5. sharon said,

    January 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    and he did have a job with her father

  6. no name said,

    January 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    We had case in West Virginia almost identical to this one. Even worse was the man who was convicted of assaulting and killing the child had allowed his FATHER, a prominent physician to attend to the “childs’ injuries” and such Father did not report a possible case of abuse as he should have. The mother in this case admitted to drug use and dating other men and not doing the right thing when she noticed the signs of abuse.

    The mother got ten years – the man received life, with no chance of parole. Also strange, this man’s brother supposedly stayed all night with the family the night before the death – and that brother is in a hospital on life support (and the details of why and how have not been given) – Is it possible – just possible – the brother of the man convicted is the guilty party??

  7. sharee said,

    July 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I am his late childs mother and i sa3w the video and i can look into his eyes and see if he was telling the truth and i did now i know the truth

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