Vigil held for Khalia Smith, who died after suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome

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MILWAUKEE -- Family members and friends gathered Thursday evening, November 5th for a vigil for three-year-old Khalia Smith, who passed away at a home near Booth and Auer on Milwaukee's north side on Sunday morning, November 1st. The child had suffered from Shaken Baby Syndrome as an infant, and FOX6 News has learned a man in prison could now face charges in connection with her death.

Khalia Smith

Khalia Smith

The child has been identified by Milwaukee police as Khalia Smith.

FOX6 News was there when Smith was born on 11/11/11.

Court records show 28-year-old Dontae Neal, who is serving a seven-year sentence at Green Bay Correctional, was convicted of shaking Khalia Smith in 2012 -- when she was just three months old and living in Racine.

Khalia Smith

Khalia Smith

A charging document and a report from the Department of Children and Families says the baby had prior rib fractures and severe head trauma.

Dontae Neal

Dontae Neal

Neal was the mother's boyfriend at the time. He told police the baby was crying and Neal jumped up and down with the baby's head unsupported. He told police he was dancing.

The medical examiner says it is looking at those prior injuries as a cause for Khalia's death years later.

Girl found dead in home near Booth & Auer

Girl found dead in home near Booth & Aue

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.

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  • Lorett

    What’s with all the black b…es, they can’t exist without boyfriends even when just had a baby from a different man.

    • Malai

      It’s not just black people that do that…although I do agree that it is wrong to just go jump to another man right after having had a newborn..women are too concerned about having a “man” around and I alot of children are dead because of these so called boyfriends.

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  • Gracie

    He should sit in prison and rot for the rest of his sorry no good life! I feel bad that we tax payers have to support this monster! Wish I could give her mother a hug. Rest peacefully Khalia..

    • Lorett

      Hug for the “mother’? Who just brought a violent thug into her newborn daughter’s life because she can’t imagine life without a man ANY man ? She deserves suffering too, and I have a feeling she will be in the same situation/ new baby new thug boyfriend/ soon enough and of course all this on taxpayers money.


    Ok wait, so she was already disabled? That bottom feeding monster should get the living ____ beat out of him every day for the rest of his life

  • airyanna

    ok yall need to stop talking about my sis and my niece i dont know what is wronge with yall that not even funny yall need to show some respect for are lost and if we said any ting like this to yall yall wanna get made thats her life that is gone and i miss her so much sooo

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