New Jersey Man Admits to Killing Girlfriend’s Three-Year-Old Daughter After He Hit Her and She Fell Down Stairs

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A 23-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, admitting he caused the death of his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Travis Graham, of Gloucester Township, admitted he struck Charlette Dawkins with a backhand blow at the top of the stairs of her home in March 2017. He says he hit her with such force that she “was spun around and fell down the steps face first,” according to an affidavit of probable cause first obtained by

Graham initially claimed Charlette fell down the stairs. He also initially said he immediately took her to the hospital, but police found text messages that showed he didn’t seek medical treatment until hours after the incident.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Graham changed his statement after he was arrested for an unrelated robbery. When police asked him about his drug use, Graham allegedly said, “I just wanted to forget a lot of stuff.” When police asked him what he meant, he mentioned Charlette’s death.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Steve Heller