A male babysitter left a heart-wrenching note claiming that the three-year-old boy in his care drowned while in the bathtub. Unfortunately, the autopsy revealed another truth – that the boy had been severely beaten to death. Now, 25-year-old Joshua Manns of Florida has been charged with neglecting, abusing, and killing the three-year-old boy he was charged with caring for while the boy’s mother was away at work.
The bizarre handwritten note claimed that the boy had suffered a seizure while under Manns’ care and that the boy had drowned because the health crisis occurred while he was in the bathtub. According to a report from the authorities in Florida, the suspected child killer wrote in the note: “no one would believe him, and he did not want to spend his life in prison for something he did not do.”
However, the medical examiner told another story. There was no evidence that the boy had drowned. Instead, the health professional learned that the boy suffered the results of “battered child syndrome.” The medical examiner found that the boy had suffered from weeks-old injuries, including stab wounds and broken ribs. The boy’s brain was also swollen.
Manns was not the father of the boy and did not seem to be related. Instead, his connection to the boy and his mother was established because he lives in the same building as the youngster.
On June 28, two weeks after the boy’s death, Manns was caught by United States Marshalls in Georgia as he tried to flee back to his home of West Virginia with the help of family members. The West Melbourne police were able to alert the police department in Tifton, Georgia, that Manns might be hiding in their community with his family members. The Marshalls used that helpful information to track him down.
Manns has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He is being held without bond because he had tried to escape the law.