*A father is devastated: His 17-month-old baby is dead.
And his 20-year-old girlfriend is in jail for the crime.
Make room for more heartbreak.
Alicia Goemaat from West Seattle, Washington has been accused of the second-degree murder of Drue Lehto, who she was watching while his daddy, her boyfriend, ran errands on September 27.
According to the child’s grandmother, her son is “in shock.”
Gormaat, who first denied knowing what happened to the child, admitted kicking him after she was arrested days later, on October 1. She is now being held in custody on $1 million dollars bail.
“He just keeps crying, ‘She killed my little boy! She killed my little boy!'” Maria Blanco told Inside Edition about her son, the baby’s father. “We knew the baby as being a healthy, happy little guy. We’re in a state of disbelief.”
Goemaat, pictured above, had been dating the child’s father for the past four months, and is the mother of a two-year-old son of her own. According to police she admitted to hurting her boyfriend’s child after becoming angry when the two toddlers started to fight over a toy, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Reports allege she told police that on September 27 she kicked Drue in the stomach, knocking him to the ground. She reportedly admitted to kicking him again before putting him in his playpen, where he was later found unresponsive.
When the boy’s father came home and found the child unresponsive, he immediately attempted to administer CPR. But by the time medical staff arrive, the toddler was dead reports Seattle PI.
An autopsy found that Drue died of abdominal trauma and internal bleeding, and the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide.
Blanco, who said she did think her son’s girlfriend was “odd” but never saw her direct anger towards Drue, she saw the woman the next day.
“She didn’t even look me in the eye,” Blanco said. “Nothing came out of her mouth.”
Goemaat, who is in King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, will be arraigned on October 20. Blanco and her son plan to be there. There is no evidence that suggests she has a lawyer.
“I hope she gets the maximum,” Blanco, whose 30-year-old son Derek is trying to cope, said.
A fundraising page has been set up by Blanco and her husband to help pay for Drue’s funeral costs.
Rest peacefully little angel. Justice will be served on your behalf.