PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A Pinellas judge denied Artem Eydelman, 29, a bond during his first appearance in court on Tuesday on a first degree murder charge for allegedly beating a seven-week-old baby to death on November 17.
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“You’re charged with murder in the first degree,” said Judge Pat Siracusa. “Your bond currently is set at zero.”
Eydelman admitted to striking newborn Gwen Eydelman on the head out of frustration while changing her diaper on November 17, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Doctors said the baby died two days later from severe skull fractures consistent with "high force impact" and bleeding on the brain. Eydelman was arrested on Monday.
Mother saw no warning signs
The baby’s mom, Mariah Salmon, 26, said she was too upset to talk to us about the incident. She did, however, post some new details about that horrible day on her public Facebook account.
“Some people with their apologies and condolences, some people bashing Artem Eydelman, and then others saying that I should’ve known about the abuse?” she said. “How can you know when he was nothing but kind and gentle to Gwen in front of me and the abuse happened 1 time in a fit of rage while I was at work.”
Salmon said she lost everything last week, including herself, and had no warning signs that her daughter was in danger.
“I just checked on her ...during my lunch break that day, not even 2 hours before it happened & Artem said they were at the park and she was being so good for him,” she stated. “This has gotten way out of control. If you have even the slightest bit of respect, please leave me alone.”
Plans to move
Salmon also said she’s avoiding the second floor of her home that she shared with Eydelman, and plans to move soon.
“I’m moving this week because I can’t even bare[sic] to go up to my own bedroom, knowing that Artem confessed to that being where the abuse happened,” she said. “I don’t want to use my own bathroom, because I think of giving Gwen baths and it was her favorite time.”
Salmon has a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the medical bills and funeral costs for her baby daughter. The mom has nearly reached her $5,000 goal.
Deputies said even though the baby shared Eydelman’s last name, he’s not the biological father. Salmon told deputies that she met Eydelman when she was three months pregnant and he signed the birth certificate.
Eydelman’s also being held without a bond because his arrest violated the conditions of his probation. Eydelman plead guilty to robbery by sudden snatching and dealing in stolen property back in 2016 and was placed on three years of probation.
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