Archive for the Child Abuse Category

Video: Serenity Richardson’s Killers Sentenced to Life

Posted in Child Abuse, Justice, Murdered, Project New Era on November 5, 2011 by projectnewera
…and then have the nerve to fall out in court after the verdict is read!

Thank God justice has been served in the case of Serenity. Maybe now she can rest in peace.

To read more about the story, click HERE.

“Father” Boxes His 2 Year Old, Leaves Him Brain Dead

Posted in Child Abuse on August 5, 2010 by projectnewera

Editor’s Note: This is ridiculous!

A father who tried to teach his 2-year-old son to box is facing second-degree murder charges now that the boy is brain dead. Police say Miami-area man Lee Willy DeJesus put on boxing gloves and hit his son Willy 15 times over a 15-minute period, at one point slugging him so hard he fell off the bed and struck his head on the floor, CNN reports.

Willy was declared brain dead after he was taken to a local hospital, and police plan to upgrade the charges against DeJesus to first-degree murder if the boy is taken off life support, NBC reports. Police say that after the boy hit his head, Dejesus waited an hour to call 911 and initially told investigators that the bruises had been inflicted by a babysitter.


Murdered: Amilyia Oliver

Posted in Child Abuse, Crime on July 8, 2009 by projectnewera

Oliver Case

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Original Article Found at WREG

Three years ago Nekela Oliver gave birth to Amilyia, now she’s behind bars in connection with her daughter’s murder. According to a police affidavit, 23-year-old Antonio Starks admitted to spanking the little girl three times, with a belt, because she used the bathroom on herself and him.

Investigators say Amilyia had a wound to her head and bruises over most of her body. What’s just as disturbing is police say three-year-old’s mother made up a story to cover for her boyfriend Antonio, the man accused of murdering her daughter.

Oliver first claimed a babysitter, not Starks, was responsible for the blow to the head that killed her three-year-old girl.

Police say she lied.

“I’m heartbroken, says neighbor Wendy Jones. “I don’t see how anyone can do anything to a baby a child anyway.

The alleged abuse happened Saturday at the couple’s South Memphis apartment in the 400-block of Walker. Oliver and her boyfriend took the little girl to Delta Medical Hospital around 12:45 in the afternoon. According to their arrest ticket, Amilyia was already dead.

“They looked like a normal little happy family,” said Jones. They come out and play and walk the dog but we never seen no abuse toward them.”

Across town in Fox Meadows no one answered the door at the address Starks listed. But neighbor Alma Thomas tells a slightly different story about the couple. “They would have them out in driveway riding their bikes. But they would argue all the time, but I would never see them mistreat kids.”

Investigators believe Starks was the only adult in the house when Amilyia was abused. Her mother was at work. A seven-year-old boy is in protective custody.

Wendy Jones, the mother of a two-month-old is wondering how anyone could be so cruel to a child.

“How can someone do a baby like that. It’s crazy. ”

According to the affidavit, Oliver claims Starks has excessively beaten Amilyia in the past. His criminal history shows he got in trouble once before for selling alcohol to minors.

Oliver didn’t have a record. Both are scheduled to make their first appearance in court on Tuesday.

Abused: Shylae Thomas

Posted in Child Abuse, Project New Era on May 6, 2009 by projectnewera


Original Article Found at M-Live

With a radio playing next to her, a small smile would cross Shylae Thomas’s face as she turned her head toward the sound.

For a little girl who couldn’t walk, talk or even hug, her love of music was one of the few ways the family could see the life and the spirit within Shylae.

She was a little girl with big brown eyes and chubby cheeks, her face usually framed by several small ponytails.

She was a little girl with a tragic life marked by a carousel of caregivers who tried — and often struggled — to give the severely mentally and physically disabled girl a good life.

Police found the Shylae, 9, dead in a Vienna Township storage unit Wednesday. Her adoptive mother and biological aunt, Lorrie M. Thomas, is being accused of second-degree murder in Shylae’s death, which authorities say was caused by severe malnourishment.

“You played music and she’d turn her head,” said Josette Thomas, a cousin who at one point had custody of Shylae. “She loved voices and would be so happy when we talked to her.”

Shylae couldn’t do a lot, but even those with low cognitive skills are aware and fully capable of feeling love and care.

“They do show signs of pain and joy,” said Julie Jones, a Community Mental Health supervisor of the child and family services for development disabilities program. “So there is a smile or relaxation of bodies when they are being hugged or held.”

And her family knows that — remembering her smile when they kissed her little toes.

Born healthy, her family and friends recall how beautiful she was – a typical baby that would cry and kick her feet when she needed attention.

“She was a happy, healthy, loving baby,” Josette Thomas said.

It didn’t last long.

At 3-months-old, Shylae got her head caught between the mattress and bars in her crib and she couldn’t breathe. The lack of oxygen caused severe brain damage.

She became unable to move much more than her head, although her foot would sometimes tap to the music. She was confined to a wheelchair and had to be fed by a tube inserted in her stomach.

“She couldn’t do nothing but just look and smile every now and then,” said Michael Moore, the father of one of Shylae’s sisters. “I think she could probably understand, but you couldn’t tell.”

Murdered: Emanuel Murray

Posted in Child Abuse, Murdered, Project New Era, Ridiculousness on May 6, 2009 by projectnewera


Original Article Found at CNN

A Florida man has been charged with first-degree murder after authorities say he threw a 3-month-old boy out of a moving car on a Tampa interstate.

Richard Anthony McTear Jr., 21, was arrested Tuesday, hours after a confrontation at his former girlfriend’s apartment in which he snatched the child, the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office said.

A passing motorist found Emanuel Wesley Murray’s body on the interstate. An autopsy determined the child died of blunt trauma to the head, the county medical examiner’s office said.

Video on CNN affiliate WFLA TV showed McTear being led out of a Tampa police squad car after his arrest. He ducked his head as TV cameras surrounded him on his walk into a police building.

When asked by reporters if he had thrown the child out of the car window, McTear answered, “It’s a dirty game. A dirty game.”

McTear is not related to the child, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Police had been called to his former girlfriend’s apartment about 3:15 a.m. The mother, Jasmine Bedwell, 18, told investigators that McTear had hit her several times and threatened “to kill the both of y’all,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement announcing the charges.

McTear threw a car seat containing the child across the room during the fight, causing the boy to fall onto the apartment’s concrete floor, investigators said. He then picked up the boy and drove off in his blue Chevrolet Impala, throwing the child out while on the interstate, the sheriff’s department said.

The child’s body was found around 4:30 a.m.

McTear is facing additional charges of burglary with battery, felony battery, aggravated child abuse and kidnapping, the sheriff’s department said.

Murdered: Ja’Shawn Powell

Posted in Child Abuse, Murdered, Project New Era on January 6, 2009 by projectnewera


Original Article Found at Yahoo News

Danny Platt said he was under a lot of pressure. He apparently owed his estranged wife $4,000 in back child support.

But there were no signs of stress when the 22-year-old father, accused of killing his 2-year-old son over the child support debt, went to pick up his little boy for a weekend visit, his mother said Sunday.

On Friday, several hours after her son, Ja’ Shawn, left, Daniella Powell received a phone call. It was Platt. He said their son had been kidnapped and quickly hung up.

Powell called back in disbelief. She said her husband gave different accounts of the kidnapping. She asked if he had called police. He said he had, but when she called authorities, they hadn’t heard from him.

Police said Platt made up an elaborate story about his son being kidnapped by three men armed with AK-47 rifles late Friday night. Platt eventually confessed to the killing, telling authorities he “would kill either his wife or his child before he paid child support,” Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Saturday.

Later, he led police to the boy’s body. He has been booked on a charged of first-degree murder.

On Saturday night, as he was being led to jail in handcuffs, Platt said he was under a lot of pressure and acknowledged killing his son, but disputed the slaying occurred solely over the debt to his estranged wife.

“I’m sorry about killing my baby,” Platt told reporters. “I had a whole bunch of reasons.”

It’s not clear whether Platt has an attorney. Telephone messages left Sunday for New Orleans police and the coroner’s office were not immediately returned.

Powell said Sunday the two never had any violent fights and Platt wasn’t going through any emotional problems.

“He knew what he was doing. He killed my 2-year-old son,” she said.

Powell said her son’s body was found in a plastic bag at a park. She and her family were busy preparing her son’s funeral arrangements.

“I don’t have money for anything. We are trying to come up with it now,” Powell said.

Police said Saturday in announcing the arrest that Platt hadn’t seen his son in quite some time. Powell said Platt had taken the boy trick-or-treating on Halloween, but acknowledged they hadn’t spoken for a couple of months. However, she didn’t think it was odd Platt wanted to spend the weekend with his son.

Ja ‘Shawn was excited about seeing his father, she said. “He went to the door and said, ‘Daddy’ when he came to pick him up,” she said.

Beaten to Death: Imani Jennings

Posted in Abuse, Child Abuse, Project New Era on November 24, 2008 by projectnewera


*Editor’s Note: Sad. Imani was beaten to death by her….well, take a guess. I swear, some of you women need to quit believing that having a half of a man is better than having NO man at all. RIP, Imani!

Original Article Found at Syracuse Online

Syracuse, NY — Relatives told 18-year-old Cherron Patterson and her 15-year-old boyfriend, Anthony Weakfall, earlier this year that they were spanking Cherron’s baby too hard, according to the baby’s maternal grandmother.

On Sunday, relatives said they wished they had done more to protect 20-month-old Imani Jennings.

“I saw (Weakfall) spanking the baby (in the past),” said Amy Patterson, Cherron’s mother and Imani’s maternal grandmother. “Any place where Imani had bare skin, they’d smack her. They’d smack her till she screamed and then tell her to shut up. I told Cherron that he (Weakfall) has no business putting his hands on that baby. It’s not his child.”

Still, she never thought her granddaughter’s story would end like this.

On Sunday, Imani Jennings’ relatives and members of Mothers Against Gun Violence held a candlelight vigil outside the 124 Fage Ave. home where Syracuse police said Weakfall beat the girl to death over a potty-training accident.

“I just want to know why,” said Imani’s father, Lee Jennings Jr., 20, of 607 Park St.

He said he had admonished Cherron Patterson in the summer of 2007 for slapping their daughter in the head to discipline her.

“She would slap her, pop her in the forehead, like no ordinary slap,” Jennings said. “She went beyond a disciplinarian.”

But after he stopped dating Cherron a year ago, he never suspected that she or Weakfall was abusing the toddler, Jennings said.

“I had no idea,” Jennings said.

Police said Weakfall spent nearly an hour Friday beating the toddler with a metal rod, a cable cord, bedsprings and his fists. He then left to attend Corcoran High School.

Weakfall — who was charged Saturday with murder — was being held Sunday in Hillbrook Detention Center.

Cherron Patterson, a Fowler High student, was not home when her daughter was killed, police said. But police charged the woman with assault and endangering the welfare of her child in a prior incident involving Imani. Patterson, who is six months pregnant, is being held in the Justice Center Jail.