Kenosha police are investigating the homicide of 11-month-old child Serenity Rose. It’s a crime the Kenosha Police Chief says is the “most violent child death” he’s ever seen in his years of law enforcement. He said the child was brutally beaten – killed by her own father, 34-year-old Russell Rose.
“The words I would use to describe this person are not fit for the media. So I’m calling him a monster,” said Police Chief John Morrissey.
Morrissey said officers were first dispatched to the neighborhood near 50th Street and 21st Avenue in Kenosha where this alleged crime unfolded around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18th.
“A citizen witness heard a baby crying, heard what he described as two thumps, the baby was not crying, observed the suspect holding something above his head and drop what he was holding. Turns out, that was Serenity. And that’s when the citizen tackled him,” said Morrissey.
Chief Morrissey said the citizen was able to lead the 27-year-old mother who was bruised and had cuts to her face to a home just a few doors down. There’s where an officer found her and 11-month-old Serenity. Morrissey said the child was “lifeless, badly bruised, bloody” and her face was partially disfigured. The mother and child were taken to Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center. The mother was treated for her injuries and Serenity was pronounced dead having suffered multiple blunt force injuries.
Meanwhile, police received a 911 call from the suspect. He indicated he had a quarter stick of dynamite and he was by a water heater. He threatened to blow it all up if anyone would come near him. A short time later, officers observed the suspect setting fire to curtains in the apartment. Eventually, smoke and flames were showing from the building – and other tenants were being evacuated.
The suspect then exited the apartment and surrendered without incident.
Chief Morrissey said Russell Rose has an extensive criminal record that includes battery to an officer and escape. The Kenosha Police Department is seeking homicide and arson charges in this case.