North Fort Myers man found guilty of fatally wounding child

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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FILE Photo of Damien Palmer from July 27, 2017 – Photo courtesy of Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

A North Fort Myers man has been found guilty of charges he was arrested for in 2017. The man was accused of fatally wounding a child.

Damien Palmer, 24, has been found guilty of Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse of 2-year-old Chevy Catalano Thursday.

Catalano was found in medical distress and suffered extensive bleeding and brain swelling on June 21, 2017 and died on June 29, 2017, according to doctors at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Palmer’s girlfriend was Chevy’s mother, Angela Strickland. However Chevy was in the sole care of Palmer on the day of the incident. Strickland did not face charges.

Palmer turned himself in to Lee County Sheriff’s Office back in 2017 to confess hurting the child.

Palmer faces life in prison.

Palmer’s sentencing is scheduled for Monday, April 8.

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