by Stanley Azuakola
If there is an unforgivable offence, this is it: An American man allegedly killed his 15-week-old daughter while orally raping her.
A court has found him guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault, and the man, Steven Deuman, 26, now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. according to reports.
Deuman’s infant daughter, Evelynne Deuman, only 3 months old, was found dead with a condom in her mouth on Aug. 12, 2011 at Deuman’s home on Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indian Reservation in Northern Michigan.
After it happened, Deuman had called the child’s mother to say that he had left their daughter on the bed while he stepped outside to smoke, but returned to find her on the floor, not breathing.
According to the prosecution, his story doesn’t make sense because the girl was too young to crawl or even roll.
“Even if she did end up on the floor,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Green, “how was she going to suck that condom up?”
Green called the case “as heinous as it gets.”
An autopsy supports the prosecution case, as no evidence was found to prove that the girl fell. The autopsy determined that she died of asphyxiation.
However, Ljubisa Jovan Dragovic, a forensic pathologist hired by the defense, testified that this did not prove Deuman raped or killed his daughter.
“Anything’s possible,” Dragovic said in regards to the rape allegations, “but I have difficulty envisioning that.”
Deuman denied all the allegations. He said his daughter’s death was purely accidental.