Prosecutors file lesser charge in Florida baby’s fatal beating

Kathleen Steele (Courtesy: WFLA)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a lesser charge against a Florida woman previously facing up to 30 years in prison for the death of her infant daughter, who authorities say was beaten to death by her 6-year-old brother.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office has charged 62-year-old Kathleen Steele with leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle causing injury, which comes with up to five years in prison.

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The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office had charged Steele with aggravated manslaughter in August.

That’s when authorities say she left her baby girl and two sons, ages 3 and 6, alone in her minivan while she went into a cellphone repair store.

Deputies say the baby began to cry, and the older boy beat her to death.