A 30-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges for severely abusing and ultimately killing his girlfriend’s Wilmington toddler. The court records detailed that the 22-month-old girl had visible injuries throughout her body, but that the autopsy revealed the extent of the abuse was even more severe.
Details of the girl’s injuries and the circumstances surrounding Timothy Olschafskie’s arrest on first-degree murder by abuse or neglect were revealed in court documents obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal.
Wilmington police confirmed the child’s killing without being prompted by reporters for the first time on Wednesday. However, aside from specific details, such as dates, location, and the charges Olschafskie is facing, the department did not provide additional information.
“We will not be releasing any further details about this incident out of respect for the victim’s family,” the police stated.
It was not clear why there was a discrepancy in the girl’s age provided by police versus the court documents. Police said the girl was 21 months old, but court documents indicated she was 22 months old.
Signs of Abuse and Lies
Olschafskie first came to the attention of Delaware authorities on March 11. Wilmington officers were called to the 100 block of Towne Estates Drive for a child in need of CPR. Responders found the unresponsive toddler in the living room, with visible signs of extensive physical injury.
Olschafskie was the only adult present in the apartment. When asked for his name, he initially claimed to be someone else before admitting his true identity.
It was discovered that Olschafskie had a history of criminal activity, including a conviction for killing cats.
Alone with the child
Court documents revealed that Olschafskie had been the child’s sole caretaker on the day of her fatal injuries. The toddler was found to have sustained blunt-force injuries to the head, trunk, and extremities, leading to her tragic death.
Olschafskie was ultimately extradited to Delaware. He now faces a charge of first-degree murder by abuse or neglect after being committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution for failing to post the required $2 million cash bail.
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This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Connecticut man abused, killed girlfriend’s toddler: court docs