An unimaginable story out of Florida, where a 31-year-old man is accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 17-month-old son—then stealing her belongings and pawning them off while she was at the hospital with the dying toddler.
David Earl Vickers called 911 on Aug. 21 to report the boy, Luca Sholey, was unresponsive and not breathing, the Miami Herald reports. After two days in the hospital, Luca was declared brain-dead from "injuries ... consistent with child abuse," per a police statement cited by People; he died Aug. 25 as a result of blunt trauma to his brain and asphyxia.
He also had bruises on his chest and six broken ribs. On Aug. 27, Luca's mother reported her car stereo and laptop were missing, and she told police she "found out that he [Vickers] had pawned the car stereo, so she suspected that the laptop was pawned as well," a police detective tells People.