We have all been deeply saddened and shocked by the senseless death of Bella Edwards.
Three-year-old Bella Edwards was pronounced dead on Monday. Police say the child appeared to have been both physically and sexually abused.
But as we were all reading the horrific details online – so was Bella’s father.
Kellon Edwards discovered his young daughter died on Facebook, two days after the child’s stepdad allegedly killed her.
The furious father revealed his ex-partner and mother to Bella, Shamika Gonzalez, failed to inform him about his daughter’s death.
The 35-year-old found out via Facebook on Wednesday, he told the New York Post.
‘I didn’t hear anything from [Gonzalez] until 7am today,’ Edwards said, after his mother saw a Facebook post and first informed him.
‘Nobody told me anything and when she did reach out, she told me she was “sorry”.’
Mark Jenkins, 32, has been charged with murder and assault of the beautiful little girl.
Jenkins had been babysitting Bella and her infant brother.
The ex-convict, from Rockaway Park, was alone with the two children for about eight hours that day.
‘This is a terribly disturbing case. The victim here is an innocent little girl, whose body revealed traumatic abuse injuries,’ District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a press conference.