Disturbing details released in 4-year-old death investigation

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – New information in the suspicious death of a 4-year-old girl was released Wednesday, and paints a disturbing picture of the home life of Kharisma Richardson.

FOX 17 News obtained new documents from a police interview with the child’s babysitter that detail disturbing allegations of abuse and neglect.

It’s been a little more than a month since Kharisma's body was found in her Kalamazoo home late March. The babysitter told investigators that Kharisma stayed with her for a 3-4 week period before being returned to her mother, Daveeta Walker, just two weeks before she died.

Preliminary tests from investigators show that Kharisma had been beaten with a belt, punched in the face and chest, and suffered burns bad enough to blister her hands and feet.

The amount of water Kharisma was allowed to drink was limited, the babysitter said. Kharisma on at least one occasion was said to have drank water out of the toilet.

Kharisma was also recently toilet-trained by the babysitter, but said that would wet the bed occasionally. As punishment, Walker allegedly withheld food from her. The babysitter said Kharisma would eat to the point of pain at her house and start crying.

On one occasion, the babysitter told police she received a text from Walker, telling her to, "Come get your friend. She's begging for food and money at Chucky Cheese. I'm kicking her butt. You better come get her before I hurt her."

The babysitter also told police the 4-year-old was seen crawling on the ground because of burns to her feet just a day before her death. What exactly caused those burns is still not known, with conflicting stories given to detectives by several relatives and friends.

The sitter said she contemplated going to police but didn't think her story would be useful.

Detectives have called Kharisma’s death suspicious. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

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5 comments

  • Shiloh's Mom

    I’ll keep repeating this until someday it becomes a legal punishment for horrible parents: MANDATORY STERILIZATION. May this POS mother ROT IN HELL. And the babysitter, however helpful she might have been to the child, did her no favors by not reporting the mother immediately. What a horrendous life this poor precious little girl had to endure in her short life. I will NEVER understand how a parent could ever treat her child like this.

    • Kerry

      I agree.
      People like that don’t deserve to have kids.
      And the babysitter is at fault for the poor childs abuse & death almost as much as the so-called “mother” is.

    • Kristi

      I totally agree with you about the sterilization part..any adult that has been found guilty of any previous abuse or neglect to any child whether it was 1yr ago or 50yrs ago should be sterilized to prevent this type of thing from happening again it’s far too often that parents get away with horrendous abuse to their own children simply because the child is terrified or still loves them and hopes that it will stop if they are good smdh and these parents or abusers in general get off with nothing more than a slap on the rist..any abuse leading to the death of a child should be punished by life in prison