A Bushwick man pleaded guilty, this week, to the 2014 murder of his 3-year-old stepdaughter, Jeida Torres and the assault of his 5-year-old stepson, Andrew Torres, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. Kelsey Smith, 21, of 38 Cooper Street, is expected to be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in exchange for his guilty plea.
“This sentence ensures that the defendant will spend many years behind bars for beating and killing a helpless and beautiful three-year old girl,” Thompson said. “May he spend every single day that he’s locked up thinking about that innocent child’s life that he took.”
Smith pleaded guilty to the top counts of second-degree murder and second-degree assault before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog. The defendant waived his right to appeal as part of the plea.
According to the indictment, on October 18, 2014, at 38 Cooper Street, which is a homeless shelter in Bushwick, the defendant called his wife, Kimberly Torres, the mother of Jeida and Andrew, and told her that he “[messed] up” and hit Jeida and that Jeida was not breathing. Kimberly Torres then called the police, who went to the shelter and found Jeida Torres unresponsive.
The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, Jeida Torres was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Andrew Torres, who was punched by Smith, was treated and released.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Bernarda A. Villalona, Deputy Chief of Trials at the District Attorney’s Trial Bureau V, Orange Zone, and Roger McCready of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, under the supervision of Miss Gregory, Chief.