James Saltmarshall (left) and his daughter, Janiyah (Right)
A 22-year-old dad from Detroit, Michigan has been arrested and charged in the death of his 8-month-old daughter. However, the injuries that led to the innocent child’s death are truly horrifying. When onlookers saw what this sick father dared to do during court, they were left utterly disgusted with the man’s actions.
James Saltmarshall was arrested and charged with the death and sexual assault of his eight-month-old daughter, Janiyah. The young girl had been in the custody of James’ mother, Aisha Saltmarshall, but was returned to her father and his girlfriend just days before her death. Although Aisha admits that she fought with the police and the caseworker with Child Protective Services that the young girl wasn’t going to be safe, her pleas were ignored.
“I just wanted her safe,” Aisha said. “I didn’t have to have custody of her. She just needed to be in a safe environment, and the environment she was in was not a safe environment.”
Unfortunately, only a few days later, Inkster Police Department received a call in the afternoon about an unresponsive infant found at the Alpine Motel, where James and his girlfriend were living. Although the baby was rushed to the hospital suffering from trauma to her head and rectal tearing, she eventually passed as a result of her injuries.
Initially, James told police that he was sleeping on a bed next to his daughter and got up to use the bathroom, and when he returned, his daughter wasn’t breathing. He claims that he called 911 and started performing CPR on the infant.
However, according to Daily Mail, Lt Jeffrey Smith said, “the suspect’s story later changed, and in a subsequent interview the 22-year-old claimed that his daughter fell off the bed and he shook her in an attempt to wake her up.” Of course, when he was confronted with evidence of an alleged sexual assault on the child, the father changed his story once again and suggested that someone may have broken into their hotel room while they were asleep and done something to her.
Once the sick father was arrested and appeared before the 22nd District Court Judge Sabrina Johnson, he revealed how much of a coward he truly is. As onlookers stared at him in disgust, he was seen sobbing uncontrollably and begging to talk to his mom.
“Wait, wait, this never happened,” James exclaimed in a high-pitched voice, speaking through tears, according to WJBK. “Wait, wait a minute. Can I call my mom, can I please call my mom?”
He has since been charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the slaying of his innocent daughter. He is currently being held on $2 million bond and is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on Wednesday.
What this man did to his innocent little girl is truly disgusting. Of course, when his cellmates learn what he did to his own daughter, they will show him exactly what it feels like to be a victim, and he will shed some real tears when that happens.
Unfortunately, there isn’t anything they could do that would affect him as much as he deserves for taking his own daughter’s life in such a sick way. However, God will undoubtedly give him the punishment he’s owed, ensuring that he spends eternity in hell for what he’s done.