A Florida father and his girlfriend have been charged in the death of the man’s six-year-old daughter.
Larry Golden Jr., 26, and 21-year-old Breonna Wren were charged last week with first-degree murder and other counts, according to a Lakeland police news release.
Golden called 911 the night of June 12, saying he went to check on his daughter Honesty in her bed and found her unresponsive.
Paramedics rushed to the house where they found the girl passed out, lying on her back on the living room floor. Her body was covered in bruises and lacerations.
She was taken to a local hospital and subsequently airlifted to Tampa Hospital where she died two days later.
Hospital staff determined Curry had severe skull damage, adult bite marks on her inner thigh, cuts on her throat and bruising all over her body.
Her skull was ‘crushed’ so bad that one crack went from one ear, over her head, to the ear on the other side. One fracture penetrated the thickest area of her skull and nearly reached her brain stem.
Golden and Wren initially said the injuries were accidents or self-inflicted.
The first, they said, took place in a hallway. Wren said she believed Honesty hit her head on a closet door.
Wren said the next injury took place an hour later, when she hit her forehead against a wall after being made to stand in a corner as punishment.
But Wren later admitted to striking the girl twice on the buttocks with a leather belt as punishment, and said her boyfriend also struck the girl with an unknown object in the kitchen, causing the girl to fall to the floor.
Honestly’s little sister told cops another story. She said that she was afraid of Wren and her father, and had seen Wren punch Honesty in the face, stomach and eye.
She went on to say that Wren was mean to Honesty but not her own two children.
‘It should be noted that the two children sired by Wren and Golden had no injuries,’ the arrest affidavit states.
The four-year-old girl stated that her father had also told her to lie to cops, saying that Honesty caused the injuries herself.
Cops got a search warrant and looked through the couple’s apartment, finding traces of blood on a mop.
‘The search revealed significant evidence that the interior of the residence had been cleaned prior to first responders entering the apartment,’ the affidavit states. ‘This included wet floors, cleaning products including Clorox beach, damp children’s clothes balled up and hidden under blankets.’
Honesty and her four-year-old sister had been living with her father and his girlfriend since May 25, when her mother dropped her and her younger sister off for the summer.