Fort Myers, FL (February 22, 2019) – 24-year-old Damien Palmer was arrested after police say that he fatally wounded a child, identified as 2-year-old Chevy Catalano.
Palmer was arrested on Thursday and found guilty on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Catalano had allegedly been found in severe medical distress and suffered extensive bleeding to the brain and brain swelling, according to a children’s hospital.
Palmer is not the biological father of the child, but Chevy’s mother was identified as Angela Strickland, who was dating Palmer at the time. On the day of the incident, Chevy was in Palmer’s sole care. Strickland did not receive charges, as she was not there at the time of the incident.
Palmer turned himself into the Lee County Sheriff’s Office after the incident, where he confessed that he hurt the child. Now, he is facing life in prison, according to police.
Fort Myers Second Degree Murder Laws
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