A US dad is accused of being the violent killer of his own three-year-old daughter after allegedly torturing her to death.
Howard Jansen III, 29, and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Jacqulyn Smith, are accused of killing toddler Olivia Jansen through fatal abuse, documents from the Kansas Department for Children and Families in the US claims.
Both Mr Jansen – who has the name Olivia tattooed on his face in tribute to his daughter – and Ms Smith are in jail awaiting a court hearing over the death.
The report, which was made public on Friday, claims Olivia’s arms and legs were covered in bruises and she suffered a cut to her head.
The death was caused by significant bleeding at the back of the head of the toddler, it added.
Mr Jansen reported Olivia missing on July 10 and claimed he had last seen her the night before when he put her to bed.
However, the young girl’s body was found in a shallow grave in woods near the home later that same day.
Mr Jansen was later arrested after he was said to match the description of a man who was spotted auctioning suspiciously near the burial site before Olivia’s body was found.
Ms Smith – who is engaged to Mr Jansen – was arrested the following day and is accused of helping inflict the injuries that killed the young girl.
Olivia’s step-grandmother, Elizabeth Jansen, has hit out at social services for failing to take action after she expressed concerns for the child’s safety.
Ms Jansen had raised the alarm in June, but social workers were unconcerned after arranging a video call with Olivia, Mr Jansen and Ms Smith on June 30 and saw the toddler expressing excitement about the upcoming 4th of July weekend celebrations.
Slamming the failure for actions, Ms Jansen told Fox4KC: “A video? Isn’t that kind of a warning?
“I mean, if I’m saying that I think my grandchild is, that I’m scared for my grandchild, you’re going to video call and that’s all?”
The young family had been deemed in need of “non-emergency assessment” by officials after Mr Hansen tested positive for marijuana ingredient THC – although it is believed an assessment was not carried out before Olivia’s death.
Both Mr Jansen and Ms Smith remain in jail ahead of a court hearing.
The biological mother of the girl is in prison.