Monday, July 7, 2008

Toddler Abused! Court Update!

Written by Cybercast News (CNS), on 07-03-2008 00:41
Favoured, Copied and Pasted from The Los Angeles Sentinel
CNS - A woman, her live-in girlfriend and a babysitter pleaded not guilty June 25, to charges of abusing the woman’s 5-year-old son, who suffered injuries that one law enforcement veteran described as the worst he had seen in a 27-year career. Starkeisha Brown, 24, Krystal Denise Matthews, 21, and La Tanya Monikue Jones, 26, are charged with one count each of child abuse, corporal injury to a child and dissuading a witness, and two counts each of conspiracy. Brown and Matthews are also charged with one count each of torture.
The three made their first appearances last week in Compton Superior Court in connection with the charges, and have remained jailed since then. Brown and Matthews — who shared an apartment in South Los Angeles—allegedly beat Brown’s son repeatedly, burned his genitals and other parts of his body with cigarettes and left him to sit in his own urine. The boy was also suspended from a door with his hands above his head and beaten and was regularly forced to put both his hands on a hot stove, causing burn injuries so severe that he may never be able to fully open them, said Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief James McDonnell.
“In my time in policing, 27 years, I have never seen anybody with these kinds of injuries that has lived,” he told reporters earlier this month.
Prosecutors allege that Jones burned the boy’s hand over a stove while she was babysitting, and that she allowed her young son and daughter to go with Brown and Matthews to the Department of Children and Family Services to hide the alleged abuse. The women allegedly tried to pass off Jones’ 4-year-old son as Brown’s son when she and Matthews were summoned June 9 to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, which was acting on an anonymous tip, to discuss allegations that the 5-year-old was being abused. The women, who had also brought along a girl of about 6, believed to be Jones’ daughter, allegedly fled after being pressed about the boy’s identity.
About the same time, police also got involved. A stranger who said he had been told to watch the 5-year-old boy asked neighbors what to do with the child, who appeared ill, and someone called the LAPD. The boy, who was allegedly mistreated over a period of about two years, remains hospitalized after suffering kidney failure due to malnutrition, according to Deputy District Attorney Patricia Horikawa. The three women are due back in court July 22, with a date scheduled to be set then for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial.

Copied Courtesy of The Los Angeles Sentinel

I was shocked when I saw the first newscast of this story. I couldn't believe that anyone might deliberately abuse a child in this manner. I kept asking why would anyone do this? When the child's Mama was accused and arrested I then asked, Why, would you allegedly do this to your child? When the whole live in girlfriend and babysitter was revealed I asked, Did these women hate men? All men even if it was their own child? Or were these women just sick period, living together as a group and would have allegedly abused a child, any child or person if given the chance.

Where were social services? The abuse couldn't have happened all at once and evidence so far as I've seen indicates it wasn't. Couldn't we have worked faster? Well, I will keep you updated.

Here's hoping for a fair trail, justice tempered with mercy and a full recovery for the Child.

BE Careful! Be Mindful! Be Prayerful!


(fŭng'kē) [blak] [chik] said...

Wow that's crazy. And people wonder why I'm a supporter of capital punishment.

Professor Tracey said...

Good job covering this story. I wanted to, but I it just made me too angry. Thanks for taking on the hard job!

achoiceofweapons said...

Hey, FBC!
Thanks for chiming in, I'm not a supporter of the death penalty, not because I believe some people do deserve it, some do but our justice system is so flawed that the penalty should not be allowed. Kill one that really pisses you off and then kill five that pissed you off but were not guilty. How many people spent 25, 30 years on death row only to be set free when new tech, found them completely innocent? Tons and tons more still coming. Remember most were convicted by reasonable, sane tax paying people. Life Imprisonment, without the chance for release at all. That's the ticket! At least for me.
Hey, Prof!
So glad you could make it! Yeah, it makes me angry too and I hope y'all read the LA Sentinel every week. What's y'all Black paper?

My Man, Roadhouse, whenever you chime in on this post, remember the facts are on my side and glad to see ya here.

Don said...

i read about this incident. i was amazed that, not only could the parent engage into this act upon her own child, but the parent could also allow another human being to inflict harm upon her seed.

i guess everyone can be thankful the child wasn't murdered.

achoiceofweapons said...

Thank God for that! I will spare you the injuries reported. What were these Women thinking? What face of evil is this?

jjbrock said...

I don't understand how you can do harm to a innocent child. I am a mother an I just don't get it. It's hurts my heart just to read this.

achoiceofweapons said...

I think Black folks single, married, Fathers and Mamas cringe at this. My heart cries for Blood, I have to meditate and speak mercy for my sakes more than theirs!

robusta barista said...

Social services are overwhelmed with the amount of a cases that come through their offices. As quiet as it's being kept, they cannot handle who they have already in the system, let alone any new cases.

I know in our state there was a similar case of abuse of a 4 year old child who the father and live-in girlfriend would withhold food for punishment purposes. The child only weighed 22 lbs when he was rescued.

It does make you wonder, where are the neighbors? Where are the teachers? Anyone give a d*mn? How can things get so bad?

Do you think there's a direct correlation between "live-ins" and abuse? I have a tendency to believe that there is! Before folks start shackin' up, they need to realize they may be bringing the devil himself under their roofs! But this does not excuse the parent for allowing, if not participating, in such heinous acts.

achoiceofweapons said...

Yeah, You are so right? But one seldom brings the devil in if one ain't already fostering their own pet demons. I wondered the same thing about the neighbors? Didn't you see the child's hands? Who called and didn't get answered? My God!

Anonymous said...

The mother and girlfriend deserve the same treatment they inflicted upon that helpless child and hopefully they get it. They are trash and should be discarded down a deep hole and left there for good.