Police: 3-Year-Old Bled To Death After Mom's Boyfriend Punched Her In Stomach

April 04, 2018 - 5:52 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police have video that shows 3-year-old Bella Edwards and her 3-month-old sibling leaving their Rockaway Beach apartment with the man charged with Bella's murder. 

"We saw the child coming into the building at 4:30 p.m. and she appeared to be in some kind of distress," Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said.

Police believe the little girl bled to death after being punched in the stomach by her mother's boyfriend, Mark Jenkins, while all three were in Jenkins' car. 

"It's difficult to say cause he's not talking to us. And then we have a three month old child," Boyce added.

Without a witness Boyce says they're checking cameras that may have picked up something along Jenkins' route, 1010 WINS' Al Jones reported. 

Jenkins, 32, was charged with second-degree murder in Bella's death and police say there were signs of sexual abuse as well, 1010 WINS Glenn Schuck reported.

Jenkins was released from prison in 2011 after serving 8 years for attempted murder and was since living with Gonzalez and Bella.

At their apartment complex at Beach 105th Street, neighbor Michelle said there's no way the child mother or grandmother could have known that was going on.

"No way, impossible that they could have abused that little girl. It wasn't them, that's for sure. They took such good care of her, they adored her. They loved that little girl and she was the most loving little girl you could ever be with," she said.

Bella's mother Shamika Gonzalez posted on Facebook, "I'm so sorry I wasn't there to protect you."

Officials said the family did not have a history with ACS.

A vigil is planned for Wednesday night.