Two sisters have been indicted for brutally spanking and caving in the skull of a 3-year-old with a baseball bat for taking a cupcake from the kitchen, causing the boy’s death.
The toddler was eventually taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
How it happened is a tale of three stories.
The child’s guardian, 25-year-old Glenndria Morris, told police she gave the boy – and other children in the home – a cupcake, and he began choking. When he passed out, Morris told police she and another man performed CPR because emergency personnel were taking too long to arrive.
Later, she told a different story, according to a police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Now, Morris said the boy did start choking, but they removed the cupcake and he was “breathing and talking later.” He was tired and went to sleep, but when they checked on him, but he wasn’t breathing anymore, and so they called 911.
At the time, detectives pushed for more information. Who was the child’s mother? Morris and her sister “did not want to cooperate” and refused to give that information, police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Now, officials say neither of the stories Morris told are what actually happened.
Instead, police allege that Glenndria Morris spanked the child while her sister LaShirley beat the boy in the head, torso, legs and arms with a baseball bat. The reason? Because Kejuan sneaked in and ate a cupcake from the kitchen, Fulton County district attorney spokesman Dexter Bond told the AJC.
Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Kejuan died of blunt force trauma to the head and torso, not from choking, the station reported.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office says LaShirley Morris and Glenndria Morris were formally charged Tuesday with two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of cruelty in the first-degree, reports WSBTV.
Authorities say it happened Oct. 21. According to the indictment, LaShirley Morris used the bat to hit KeJuan Mason repeatedly in the head while her sister – the child’s legal guardian – used her hand to spank the little boy.
The 3-year-old sustained bruises all over his body, including his legs, back, chest, buttocks, arm, and head.
The women are being held in the Fulton County Jail. Bond for both was set at $200,000. It’s unknown if either has an attorney.
The two women face the possibility of the death sentence under Georgia law if defined as Malice Murder & Felony Murder Death (Malice Murder Only).
Other possible sentences if the murder indictments stand could be Life without parole, or Life with parole after 30 years.
Meanwhile in New York, 52,000 convicted felons currently incarcerated are now receiving computer tablets to keep them entertained while serving their sentences, courtesy of the new Department of Corrections chief, paid for of course, by the taxpaying citizens of the Big Apple state.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 1st, 2018