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Father punched his 4-month-old daughter until she died because she refused to go to sleep

By Tanya Clark 1:02 PM November 15, 2017
Joseph Gazzam

A father who became very angry when his young daughter refused to go back to sleep despite feeding her and changing her diaper punched her to death, according to police in Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny County Police Department said that on Sunday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Mt. Lebanon Police and paramedics were dispatched to a home in the 500 block of Osage Road in response to a 911 call about an unresponsive child.

There they found 4-month-old Victoria Gazzam unresponsive.

She was transported to the St. Clair Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Mt. Lebanon Police requested the investigative assistance of the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit and an investigation was initiated.

On Monday, an autopsy was completed at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office.

They determined Victoria died from blunt force trauma to the head and ruled the manner of death a homicide.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the child’s biological father, 30-year-old Joseph Gazzam, was responsible for the injuries inflicted on the child.

Joseph was arrested and charged with homicide, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was booked into the Allegheny County Jail, pending a bail hearing.

According to the police investigation, Joseph lived in the home along with his girlfriend, Kayla Walter, and her mother, Cindy Walter.

On Sunday, Kayla went to work at around 7:00 a.m.

When Victoria woke up at around 10:30 a.m.

Joseph changed her diaper and fed her a bottle.

When Victoria kept crying and refused to go back to sleep, Joseph became angry.

Joseph punched his daughter with a closed fist until she died.

At first, Joseph told doctors that Victoria fell off a bed.

The baby suffered bleeding of the brain, fractured ribs, bruises on the head, and a hemorrhage behind the eyes.

Doctors said that the injuries were inconsistent with a fall.

When Joseph was confronted with the autopsy results, he admitted to punching his daughter because she did not stop crying.