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Affidavit: Father admits to hurting 20-month-old Midland girl

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A Mid-Michigan man has been formally charged in the death of his 20-month-old daughter, and in a document obtained by TV5, officials said he admitted to hurting his daughter.

Delilah Bieski was taken to the MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland with severe injuries on Oct. 26. Investigators said she was later transferred to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw because of the severity of her injuries.

Delilah died from those injuries on Oct. 27, according to police. 

In a document obtained by TV5, it said Delilah had a skull fracture in the back of her head and was bleeding from the brain.

On Nov. 10, the Midland Police Department announced they arrested the girl's father, 24-year-old Zachary Bieski, in connection with her death.

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He was charged on Nov. 13 with three counts including homicide-felony murder, child abuse in the first degree and homicide-murder in the second degree. A not guilty plea on all charges was entered on Bieski’s behalf.

No bond was set.

The document obtained by TV5 states on Nov. 9 Bieski was interviewed by Michigan State Police. In the document, it states during that conversation Bieski admitted while having an argument with his girlfriend on Oct. 24, he threw Delilah into the side of her crib, hitting her head on the crib railing. 

The document also said Bieski told investigators Delilah staggered and was obviously hurt, and her health progressively got worse over the next couple of days.

>>Click here to read the affidavit (Editor's note: The court blocked out portions of the document. TV5 also blocked out Bieski's girlfriend's name from the document.)<<

"I'm disgusted. I feel sick to my stomach," said Chelsea Smith, Delilah's mother. "You never want to read that somebody admits to murdering their daughter. And for him to sit there and console me and hole me and cry with me, it's disgusting."

Days after Delilah's death, Bieski and Smith blamed her death on Bieski's girlfriend.

Smith said the affidavit has not changed her mind about the role of the other woman.

"Cause if she knew, she could've taken Delilah to the hospital. And she didn't. So she's just as guilty as Zach is," Smith said.

Regardless of who is at fault, a 20-month-old girl is gone forever.

"I haven't slept. I have to force myself to eat. I can't say her name or look at her toys or her clothes or her pictures without crying. I just want her back and it's not going to happen," Smith said.

Smith wants to see justice for her daughter. After reading the affidavit, she is convinced her ex-boyfriend is where he belongs.

"I can never picture Zach doing it, but he needs to spend the rest of his life in jail because he took my daughter away from me," she said.

If convicted, Bieski will spend life behind bars.

"Ultimately, all we can do at this time is to try to bring justice to Delilah as best we can," Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks said.

>>MORE: See his arraignment here<<

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Days after Delilah's death, TV5 interviewed Delilah's father. He and Smith accused a caretaker in their daughter's death.

"Delilah was left with a babysitter who was Zach's girlfriend at the time. They lived together. They were in a relationship for a year and a half," Smith said.

She said the only person with Delilah was Bieski's girlfriend.

"Me and Zach split about two years ago. And we had a custody agreement set in place. He started dating this girl and he moved in together. I was at work. Zach was at work. And he left the kids home with her," Smith said.

She said that was the day Delilah ended up in the hospital, suffering from severe injuries and later died.

Smith said she was blindsided by the arrest of her ex-boyfriend. Just last week Bieski stood by her side as the pair mourned the death of their daughter. Now Bieski is in a jail cell waiting to be charged with Delilah's murder.

"I'm completely shocked. I don't understand anything. At this point I don't know what to think," Smith said.

The latest development in the investigation came as a surprise to Smith.

"Through the grieving process since Delilah was in the hospital, Zach has been by my side the whole time pretty much. And has shown no sign of guilt. He's been mortified and couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. All he did was cry and want his daughter back," Smith said.

She said she doesn't know what to think.

"Even if it ended up being Zach, I wish that it wasn't. I hope it's not. But if it is, he'll get what he deserves," Smith said.

Smith said she is concerned people are assuming she is guilty by association. She is adamant she had nothing to do with her daughter's death.

"I had nothing to do with it and people need to stop talking about me and throwing me under the bus. I'm going through a lot right now. I just lost my daughter. My son is in foster care and now the finger is being pointed at Zach for Delilah's death. And it's a lot for me to take in," Smith said.

Midland Police Department said this is still an active investigation. 

If you have any information on the case you are asked to call the detective bureau at 989-631-4244.

>>Watch an interview with Smith following Bieski's arrest, here<<

Read TV5's previous story below:

Zach Bieski and Chelsae Smith said they aren't buying what their babysitter is selling. They believe the caretaker, who is a family friend, caused the death of their daughter Delilah.

"She had a fractured skull and bleeding in the front of her brain," Smith said.

The girl's parents said they dropped their child off at the babysitter's house on Oct. 25. They believe Delilah suffered her injuries that night.

They claim the caretaker waited until the next day to get medical attention. The following day Delilah died from her injuries.

"I just don't understand why they did it. Delilah didn't hurt nobody. She was such a kind soul. She wasn't even 2. How could somebody hurt a 2-year-old? What could a 2-year-old do to make somebody so mad they can hurt her," Smith said.

The angry parents said the babysitter did give them an explanation.

"That Delilah fell. She fell off a couch," Smith said.

They said the doctors told them it was no accident.

"The doctor said it was like taking a fall from a two-story building," Bieski said.

Now they have to live the rest of their lives without their daughter and they want justice.

"I just hope that the caretaker, if they do see this, they regret what they did in not coming forward and they should be ashamed of themselves for hurting a little girl," Smith said.

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