Who is Shemene Cato and Her Daughter Shalom Guifarro? Brooklyn Mom Killed 9-year-old NYC Girl

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According to authorities, a girl named Shalom Guifarro was found dead in her house with bite marks on her body after her mother named Shemene Cato allegedly dropped a bed on her.

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Little Shalom Guifarro, nine, allegedly shouted out “mommy help me” while her mother, Shemene Cato allegedly assaulted her.


Shemene Cato is 48 years old and her daughter Shalom Guifarro was 9 years old.

Brooklyn Mom Killed 9-year-old NYC Girl

Shemene Cato violently abused her daughter Shalom Guifarro and her 13-year-old sister for two hours before fatally wounding her on Sunday, according to Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney David Ingle.

Cops arrived at the Crown Heights residence and found Shalom after the older girl snuck away and dialed 911, according to the prosecution. Ingle said: “As detailed in the complaint, a doctor at the medical examiner’s office determined that Shalom suffered multiple blunt force impact injures about the head and body, resulting in internal bleeding which ultimately caused the death of Shalom,”

Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, police arrived at Cato’s home in Crown Heights and discovered the girl brutally bruised and died inside.

Shalom was “spanked” by her mother and put in time out following a rage tantrum, according to her sister, before she was found unresponsive, authorities said. Cato allegedly assaulted her two kids over a missing computer tablet, prompting Shalom to flee and hide under the bed, according to prosecutors.

According to the lawsuit, Cato then raised the bed and dropped it on her younger daughter’s head, then ignored the girl’s cries for help as she bled internally. Jason Rahimzadeh, a neighbor, stated on Monday: “I heard a lot of screaming and fighting from the apartment,”

“I heard loud arguments at least 10 times, where they were screaming at the top of their lungs. The family kept to themselves. Everyone in the building is so nice and calm, but we all knew that apartment was trouble.”

Cato yells at the kids, according to Bart Hubbuch, who operates a tavern near the apartment. Hubbuch said: “Their mother frequently cussed them out and wouldn’t let them play with the other kids on the block,”


Judge Simiyon Haniff arraigned Cato on a second-degree murder charge and ordered him imprisoned without bail, as well as an order of protection for the older girl.

Cato, who was in tears in court, was told by Haniff: “Miss Cato, I noticed your head has been down but I want you to make sure you heard and understand,”

According to sources, Cato works for the city Human Resources Administration, and her union pays for the lawyer’s legal fees. As he left the courthouse on Tuesday, Edward Mandery of Brooklyn Defender Services declined to comment.

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