In what has to be one of the more heinous crimes I have ever heard of, Joshua Salovich, age 25, has been charged with capital murder, which means he is facing the possibility of the death penalty. The fact that a grown man killed a three year old child is bad but the reason behind it was even worse. He was asking the three year old math questions and every time she missed one, he would hit her.
A detective asked him to describe the punches with 1 being a tap and 10 being the hardest he could hit. Salovich didn’t hesitate and said they were all 10s. The detective was shocked, not only because of how hard he punched her but the fact he readily admitted to it. He said that is rare that that happens.
Meridian police officers responded Friday afternoon to a local hospital emergency room after she was brought there with bruises and cuts all over her body, and at least one head wound. No details were provided on who brought the child to the ER.
Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose said on Monday, July 17, that Joshua Salovich, age 25, and the child’s mother, who wasn’t identified, were being questioned separately by detectives.
He said that Salovich told detectives that he was asking Bailey about numbers, and that he would “pop” her when she gave a wrong answer. Salovich said that he had disciplined the toddler using the same method at least five times per week, according to Fox News.
During the interview, Salovich told detectives that he used a bamboo rod until it broke, then switched to a cell phone cord, and finally used his hands. Chief Dubose said that on that day, the child “was giving an unusual amount of incorrect answers”. He also said that Salovich said that, “this was a tough world and she had to be tough if she wanted to survive.”
Bailey was airlifted from the local hospital to a Jackson hospital for additional treatment. She died on Saturday afternoon, July 15. Her injuries included bleeding in the brain and lungs, and possible retinal detachment. The official cause of the child’s death is pending an autopsy.