Mount Vernon woman gets 19 years for killing her baby

A Mount Vernon mother charged with killing her baby girl last August was sentenced Tuesday to nearly two decades in prison.



In February, 27-year-old Deasia Bartee pleaded guilty to repeatedly hitting 14-month-old Samia Yusuf in the back, causing internal bleeding and a spine fracture. Police say they found the baby unresponsive inside the family's home on Washington Street.



Police called to the Mount Vernon home initially thought Yusuf died in her sleep. When they interviewed Bartee, she told detectives that she repeatedly hit her baby in the back with her hand.



Prosecutor say Bartee beat her daughter to death and then stuffed her in the refrigerator while she tried to cover up the crime. They say the child suffered excruciating pain before she died.



Prosecutors say Yusuf was the victim of abuse from the day she was born. They say Bartee had the child living in squalor and filth and that she starved the child for her entire life.



"She was not feeding this child to the point where the child weighed 14 pounds at 14 ½ months old - a third of the weight she should have been," said Assistant District Attorney Mary Clark-DiRusso.



Prosecutors say Bartee has never once showed remorse for her crime and that she declined when given a chance to speak Tuesday.


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