A Silver Spring, Maryland, man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for brutally beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter with a motorcycle helmet -- fracturing her skull and causing her brain to bleed.
According to court documents, 27-year-old Julio More beat the child on June 23, 2015 while she sat strapped in her car seat.
More told police that "three black men" blocked the road in front of him and beat both he and the girl when he was on his way to Rockville to pick up the girl's mother from work, court documents said. He said the men beat him because he is Hispanic and they thought the child was also Hispanic.
Documents said the girl's skull and both of her eye sockets were fractured, she had bleeding on her brain and she suffered injuries to her spine.
"It doesn't make any sense to me. I'm just puzzled on how anybody, any human being can do this to another human being," the girl's father told News4. He did not want to be identified.
Nearly beaten to death, the child survived her injuries, but suffered irreversible brain damage, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors also said the now 4-year-old child has suffered psychologically after the beating.
Prosecutors believe More was jealous of the little girl, whom he saw as a rival for her mother's affection.
More eventually confessed to striking the toddler in the face with his fists, his motorcycle helmet and head-butting her, according to the documents.
In March, More plead guilty to one count of first-degree child abuse.