Russell Lamar Rose Jr. is being charged with first-degree murder following the brutal death of his 11-month-old daughter, Serenity. According to the New York Daily News, the man described as a “monster” by the Kenosha Police Department was involved in a domestic dispute with the child’s mother. But unfortunately, he ultimately took his anger out on the poor child.
On Tuesday, November 18, Rose reportedly went on rampage during the argument with the child’s mother, and repeatedly slammed the child onto the sidewalk. The baby suffered multiple skull fractures as a result of the trauma. Police were so appalled and disgusted at the scene of the crime, describing the innocent baby as “battered and disfigured.” During the argument, the child began to cry and Rose reportedly screamed at the child’s mother to make her stop crying, but to no avail. That’s when he reportedly turned his rage toward the child.
According to the Milwaukee Journal, a neighbor overheard the commotion. The neighbor reportedly heard a loud thud, and the child immediately stopped crying. As the neighbor began running toward Rose, he heard two more thuds even after the child had stopped screaming. Rose was subdued, but managed to get away. He fled toward the building to an apartment. When the police arrived, he threatened to use a quarter-stick of dynamite to resist arrest. Residents were reportedly evacuated due to his threat.
The mother and child were transported to the Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center where Serenity was pronounced dead, reports WISC-12. Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey described the child’s gruesome murder as the worst he’s seen in more than 30 years in law enforcement.
He said the following in a statement about the severity of the child’s fatal injuries.
“I’ve been an officer for almost 34 years. This is the most violent child death that I have ever been involved in. We literally have officers that have been on 30 plus years are that are walking around with tears in their eyes when they hear how violent this little girl died.”
The criminal complaint was shared on the Kenosha Police Department’s Facebook page. Rose has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, domestic abuse, strangulation, false imprisonment, arson of a building, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond.
Rose is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday, November 26.
[Image(s) via Kenosha Police Department]