The 26-year-old man initially faced several charges stemming from the altercation he had with his ex-girlfriend, including assault with intent to murder, home invasion, criminal sexuaI conduct, and unlawful imprisonment. But after the lifeless body of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, later identified as Wynter, was found by authorities in an alley, he was additionally charged with kidnapping a minor and kidnapping resulting in death.
Rashad managed to avoid a death sentence in connection with the charges since the state where the heinous crime was committed lacks the death penalty and federal prosecutors did not seek such a sentence.
According to prosecutors, the 26-year-old got into a heated altercation over money with his ex-girlfriend before he attacked and sexuaIIy assaulted her. The victim reportedly stabbed him in self-defense and managed to flee to her mother’s apartment in the same complex, leaving her 1-year-old boy she shares with Rashad and a 2-year-old girl who was not his daughter.
After the incident, she reported it to the authorities, but Rashad had already kidnapped her daughter and stolen her vehicle. The stolen vehicle was recognized by an officer, who initiated a pursuit where the suspect was eventually arrested. During his arrest, the suspect was repeatedly telling the officer he would probably spend the rest of his life in prison, but the officer, up until that point, couldn’t assume why the suspect was saying that. When searching the vehicle, authorities discovered significant amounts of blood consistent with Rashad’s stab wounds and portions of a pink cellphone charging cord.
When asked about Wynter, he denied all allegations and stated that he last saw the girl with her mother. But the truth was something horrific that came to light three days later when Wynter’s body was found dead in an alley with what appeared to be markings consistent with strangulation. The pink cellphone charging cord was around her neck. Rashad has been held on no bond, and the trial is ongoing.