Steven Deuman called his
girlfriend, Natasha Maitland, to tell her that their daughter was not
breathing. Steven said he had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette,
leaving 15 week old Evelynne on the bed surrounded by blankets and
pillows to prevent her from falling off and when he returned, she was
on the floor and not breathing. The couple didn't call 911 to get help
for their daughter, instead, Natasha drove home from work and THEN
they called 911, though they
didn't wait for an ambulance, they drove to the hospital on their own.
On the way, they were met by the ambulance crew who did their best to
revive Evelynne, but she had been dead too long to be saved.
Evelynne had blood coming out of her nose and could not be revived and
later that day Steven whispered to Natasha and that he had pulled a
used condom out of their daughters mouth. A condom was found underneath
a diaper in the bedroom and on the outside, was Evenlynn's DNA, on the
inside, Steven's DNA was found.
Steven was arrested and charged with murder. Prosecutors said that
Steven had orally raped his 15 month old daughter, killing her in the
process as she choked on the condom. Steven's Defense Attorney said
that Steven had not raped his daughter, that she had rolled off of the
bed and managed to suck in the used condom and choke on it. The
Prosecution said it didn't happen that way:
"This was no accident.
She couldn't roll over, much less crawl. She certainly wasn't capable of
the obstacles on her bed, the pillows, to end up on the floor. Even if
she did, how
going to suck that condom up"
U.S. Attorney - Phil Green
Phil Green said this case was "as heinous as it gets". An autopsy was
done and no evidence of a fall was found and the cause of death was
listed as asphyxiation. A Forensic Pathologist who had been hired by
the defense said that this didn't prove that Steven had raped his
but I have difficulty envisioning that"
Steven stood firm on stating that he did not harm his daughter in any
way and that it was only an accident, however, in court were other
witnesses who claimed that as children, Steven had also sexually
In September of 2012, Steven Deuman was 26 years old when he was
convicted of first degree murder and aggravated sexual assault in the
death of this little Angel. Steven was facing a mandatory life in
prison without parole, sentence. Due to the death of Evelynne happening
on what is considered "Tribal Land", this would be a federal case.
Evelynne's death occurred on the American Indian Reservation in Suttons
Bay in Leelanau County. This land was held in trust by the Federal
Government for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Serious crimes that are committed on Indian Reservations are prosecuted
by the Federal Government and Prosecutor Phil Green said:
"This crime was among
the most contempt able and horrific crimes on can commit. He didn't
orally rape the girl. He put her on the floor and left her to die. He
didn't call 911. He didn't
anything to save her life"
July of 2013, Steven Deuman was sentenced to two life terms in prison.
Natasha spoke in court and saying that her daughter had been smart and
beautiful and telling Steven how she felt:
"If I was asked to
describe you, two words stick out, coward and monster. You are a
you did to Evelynne, that you would do such horrific things to take her
wish I could come up
with the words to explain how deeply I hurt. I will never hear her
first words, see her first steps.
Evelynne had such great potential before the defendant stole it all
away from her. You still
can't own up to what you did. You are an evil person and you deserve the
treatment you are
about to receive"
Steven was still claming to be innocent:
"There really isn't
much to say. In a way, I do feel responsible. My heart does deeply
of her. I feel bad for my son because he doesn't get to know his sister"
Judge Gordan Quist said this was one of the most serious and perverse
crimes a person could commit, saying that he thought Steven to be a
danger to all children:
"He would be very
dangerous, in my judgment, at any stage of life"