Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suspect in Death of Infant Was Supposed to Be Confined

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suspect in Death of Infant Was Supposed to Be Confined

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The man accused in the beating death of a 6-month-old girl was supposed to be wearing an electronic monitor that confined him to his home at all times except for work.

Kenneth Reeves, 29, who is charged with homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession, was serving a one-year sentence from a previous conviction for beating a child.

Common Pleas Judge David Cashman sentenced him in September to a year of electronic monitoring that required him to stay at home except for work release. But on Saturday night, rather than being at work or at his house on Southern Avenue in Mount Washington, he was visiting his girlfriend at her home on Parklow Street in Knoxville, about 2 miles away.

That's where police found Kamero Newton after her mother, Julie Vojtash, called 911, saying the child had stopped breathing shortly after being left alone with Reeves.

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC determined Kamero suffered serious head and brain injuries that were "clear indicators of abuse."

An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning, according to a supervisor with the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, but the cause and manner of Kamero's death are pending. The supervisor said the office is awaiting test results and could not say exactly when that information would be available.

Judge Cashman said Thursday that the time of the incident led him to believe Reeves was in violation of his home confinement, which allowed him a "window" to travel to his workplace, put in his hours and return home.

"I'm assuming he was probably outside his window, especially if it's a weekend," the judge said.

When a defendant is sentenced to home confinement, he is fitted with an electronic bracelet that is supposed to generate an alert to probation officers whenever the wearer leaves home, said Ron Seyko, director of Allegheny County Adult Probation and Parole. Repeated violations can result in a judge revoking home confinement and jailing the person. …

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