Sharmell Thomas, a 22-year-old African-American man called 911. He told the dispatcher that Desmarie Braxton, his girlfriend’s 14-month-old daughter, had a seizure and was unresponsive. She was taken to a city hospital from her home in the 800 block of North Stricker Street. At the hospital, medics told police that they saw bruises on the baby’s body and arms. She died at 11:25 a.m. Thomas, who had been caring for the child for several days, was questioned and allegedly admitted to grabbing the baby and shaking her. He was arrested and charged with Braxton’s murder. Thomas also had an open warrant for assaulting Braxton’s mother on April 27.