A two-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her father, who was just following God’s orders, tried to crush her skull so she could go to heaven.
According to police in Vancouver, Washington, 32-year-old Kyle Stephen Holder threw his daughter from the window and then repeatedly picked her up again and threw her back to the ground. He then started to stomp on her head.
A neighbor saw what was happening and came to the little girl’s rescue with a baseball bat, striking the “servant of God” in the head multiple times to keep him from killing the toddler. It was the baseball bat that finally convinced somebody in the area that maybe it was time to call 911.
The suspect was out of control,” said Sgt. Fred Nieman of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. “Deputies tased the suspect to bring him under control and take him into custody.”
Don Gilbert, the man who beat Holder off of his daughter, said that he had been acting strange all day. In fact, his behavior had been so concerning that police had been called out earlier in the day to speak with him.
“He’d been acting weird all day, preaching to God and all this weird stuff,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert said he was in his hotel room on Tuesday night. All of the sudden, he heard a crash. When he looked outside to see what was going on, he saw Holder stomping on the helpless child.
I reached behind my door and grabbed my baseball bat and chased him onto the street,” Gilbert said. “I hit him once in the back. He had the baby by the feet, took her to the curb and slammed her down. That’s when I cracked him the in skull three or four times.”
Gilbert added that he had seen Holder every day for two weeks, but until Tuesday he had always seemed normal. (Aka, not a child murdering psychopath.)
He was just babbling about how God is coming for everyone and he has to get the evil out of the daughter. He kept coming every time I moved between him and the baby. He’d charge me and I’d swing the bat.”
The arresting officer said that as Holder was being taken to the hospital by ambulance, he said that he had to kill his daughter, even though he didn’t want to.
I did not want to kill her, but I had to…I knew I had to crush her head.”
Court documents say that once he got to the hospital, he said,
I had to hold my daughter and crush her head so she could go up to the sky.”
The girl suffered severe injuries in the attack and is in critical condition at a local hospital. The child’s mother said that they had both been asleep in their hotel room when Holder walked in and began his savage attack.
Holder has been arrested and charged with attempted murder. He is currently being held on a $1 million bail.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.