According to the court documents, the 26-year-old defendant, Rashad, who prosecutors say kidnapped his ex-girlfriend’s daughter and strangled the child to death, will not face the death penalty after prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty against him. According to the court documents, the man reportedly used a cellphone charging cord to strangle the young girl to death.
The fatal incident occurred on July 2, 2023. The responding officers discovered that Rashad reportedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Rashad then stabbed the woman and se-ually assaulted her. The woman, who was not identified, stabbed Rashad in self-defense and was able to escape. The victim’s 1-year-old son, who was not identified, and her 2-year-old daughter, Wynter, were also in the apartment.
Shortly after the fight between Rashad and his ex-girlfriend, the 26-year-old man reportedly kidnapped Wynter and stole a vehicle. The following day, officer attempted to stop Rashad. The 26-year then crashed the stolen vehicle into a police car. During an interview with investigators, Rashad reportedly denied kidnapping the little girl. He told investigators that he last saw Wynter with her mom.
On July 5, 2023, authorities discovered the victim’s body in a small alley. The medical examiner told authorities that the cause of death is strangulation with a cell phone charging cord. Prosecutors said the cell phone charging cord was consistent with the cord parts recovered from the stolen vehicle. In a follow up interview, the defendant reportedly told investigators that he and his ex-girlfriend reportedly got into a fight over money which became violent.