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Raleigh man charged in infant's death

Posted November 9, 2009
Updated November 10, 2009

— Raleigh police have charged a man with first-degree murder and first-degree sex offense in connection with the death of a 10-month-old girl.

Police responded to an emergency call about an unresponsive infant shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday at 1223-306 Silver Sage Drive, an apartment complex off Jones Franklin Road.

Paramedics transported the infant to WakeMed, where she was pronounced dead. ‬‪ ‬‪

Joshua Andrew Stepp, 26, was charged Monday. Police said Stepp knew the victim but did not elaborate on their relationship.

Stepp was in the Wake County Jail Monday night on a $500,000 secured bond for the first-degree sex offense charge in the case. The murder charge carries no bond.

He is set to appear in court Tuesday.

“He (Stepp) was always to himself, and he never actually talked to me. Nor did I ever want to talk to him, because he just had that kind of demeanor to him. He just didn't want to talk,” said Brian Smith, who lives in the same complex as Stepp.

Smith said he witnessed paramedics entering the apartment Sunday night.

“About a minute or two after, they rushed out with the baby that was in the paramedic's hand. And you could tell the baby was lifeless, just like a rag doll,” Smith said.

“It is disgusting. It is sad. It is really sad,” Tigh Roberts, another neighbor, said of the crime.


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  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    Does this man realize what he has done to his mother and father and other family members? He did not think about that and now is facing serious consequenes.

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    I pray this was not the child's father.

    I believe the story said this man was just the step-father. Of course the article did not mention the bio-father.

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    Young mother surely need to be very careful in who they leave their babies and children with. "Some" men cannot handle crying babies/children, etc.

  • comisoas Nov 10, 2009

    My understanding is that in prison, he will live a different kind of hell. Execution would be the right thing. But, he will probly sit in prison his whole life seeing how our system works. He will be a marked man in prison, however ironic, prisoners detest child killers. He definitely deserves a ticket out of this life in my opinion, ASAP

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    life in prison with parole.

    Sorry - correction: Life in prison "without parole."

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    This man should receive life in prison with parole. The baby never stood a chance with this man. My condolences to the mother and family.

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 10, 2009

    I agree. Please don't blame the mother.

    We are dealing with an extremely evil person here. Do hope he will get what he really deserves.

  • cocker_mom Nov 10, 2009

    I agree with everyone that does not want to pay to house this animal.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 10, 2009

    That is so sad.

  • jeannesbusiness Nov 10, 2009

    The baby was sometimes cared for by a nanny over the weekends while Mom worked or was away for training. That's how some of us knew the baby but not the mother very well. The baby's father is serving in Afghanistan.