State Employee Beats Newborn to Death

Kevin Van Streefkerk, a 37-year-old father and state employee in the California governor’s office, now faces several felonies after allegedly killing his five-week-old baby. On Tuesday, he was apprehended and charged with one count of first-degree murder, intentional murder, heinous murder, and assault on a child aged eight or younger, leading to death.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies were called to a location in Cameron Park, approximately 30 miles east of Sacramento, regarding reports of physical abuse against an infant on June 17th. The infant had sustained numerous injuries and was immediately brought to a hospital in critical condition. Sadly, the baby was declared dead the following day, which happened to be Father’s Day.

As investigators gathered more evidence, Van Streefkerk was arrested for the infant’s murder. He is currently being held in the El Dorado County Jail with no bond.

Brian Ferguson, a California Office of Emergency Services spokesperson, released a statement. He said, “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the circumstances around this event. We are coordinating closely with the law enforcement agencies on their investigation, and it is our understanding that the alleged events occurred outside of his capacity as a state employee.”

The investigation into the infant’s death is still ongoing.