Kayden Mancuso, seven years old, was killed by her violent father by hitting her with a weight. Afterward, the 41-year-old father took his own life.
Brian Sherlock, Kayden’s stepfather, found her dead body in the living room of her biological father, Jeffrey Mancuso’s home in Philadelphia on August 6, 2018.
According to reports, Kayden had a plastic bag tied around her neck.
Jeffrey was also found dead in a bedroom upstairs. The cause of his death was not revealed.
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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the medical examiner said Kayden’s cause of death was being hit on the head with a weight.
Kayden’s aunt, Heather Giglio, said that Jeffrey also left a note on the girl’s body saying the mother’s family got what they deserved.
For years, Jeffrey and Kayden’s mother, Kathryn Sherlock, had been battling for the girl’s custody.
Kathryn revealed through court records that Kayden once told her family that she “didn’t feel safe with her dad.”
The seven-year-old was living with Kathryn and her stepfather Brian. The couple had been together since 2014 and now share two sons.
When Kayden turned one, Kathryn and Jeffrey separated. The two were never married.
Because Jeffrey had a history of violence and had been diagnosed with a “major depressive” disorder, Kathryn did everything she could to stop Jeffrey from acquiring custody of their daughter.
Despite Jeffrey’s issues, a judge granted him visitation rights in May 2018, which meant Kayden had to visit her father from Saturdays at 10 a.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m.
On August 5, Brian became worried when Kayden was not brought home by his father.
They tried calling the police, but they said there was nothing they could do since the child was under the care of her biological father.
The next day, Brian, along with Kayden’s grandfather, went to Jeffrey’s home, where they found her lifeless body.
Following the tragic incident, the family called for Judge Jeffrey G. Trauger’s resignation. He was the judge who allowed the biological father’s visitation rights.
A GoFundMe page had also been set up by the family to help with Kayden’s funeral expenses. The family set a goal of $25,000 but the money raised as of today is a little over $69,000.