Norfolk father charged in daughter’s death denied bond

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk father accused in the death of his infant daughter was denied bond Wednesday morning in court.

Kasiam A. Tinsley was arrested and charged with second-degree murder earlier this month after 9-month-old Makayla Smith passed away at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. 

Norfolk police said Smith was rushed to the hospital after she was found unresponsive at a unit in the 300 block of Nicholson Street.

Prosecutors say the incident happened November 13. 

They told the judge a witness inside the home on Nicholson Street heard Tinsley becoming frustrated with Makayla’s crying. About 30 minutes later things went silent.

Prosecutors told the judge the next morning Makayla was found unresponsive. She was in a car seat on the bathroom floor. The little girl was dead.

The commonwealth says she had a long list of injuries. There was bruising on her head, forehead and eyes.  The medical examiner says there were indicators of blunt force trauma.  There was a skull fracture and possibly another. She also had two broken ribs.

The medical examiner believes Makayla suffered at least six blows to the head.

Tinsley told detectives he didn’t cause those injuries and the bruises on Makayla’s face happened when a shoe box fell onto her head when she was in her crib.

Prosecutors say Tinsley has been arrested of assault charges in the past. In 2013, he was convicted of aggravated battery in Georgia. The victim was another daughter.

There was also an assault charge in Norfolk on a woman in 2017. That case still hasn’t gone to court.

The judge told Tinsley the shoe box explanation didn’t seem plausible and for that reason denied his bond.

A medical examiner ruled Makayla’s death a homicide.

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