< img alt =" Tahjir Smith (Source: Mark Anthony Johnson)"
title =” Tahjir Smith (Source: Mark Anthony Johnson) “border =” 0″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/16495165_G.png” width =” 180″/ > Tahjir Smith (Source: Mark Anthony Johnson). WILLOW GROVE, Pa. (Meredith/AP)– A suburban Philadelphia couple has been accuseded of murder in the death of a 4-year-old kid who was beaten for spilling his breakfast cereal.
The boy’s 19-year-old mother, Lisa Smith, and her 26-year-old partner, Keiff King, were arraigned Friday through video from the prison where they have actually been held since January.
Charges were filed after a recently completed autopsy revealed Tahjir Smith’s Jan. 22 death was the result of a violent, continual whipping, according to Montgomery County District Lawyer Kevin Steele.
A forensic pathologist discovered the young boy died of multiple blunt and thermal injuries after reportedly being forced to hold a push-up position for an extended period of time. When he might no longer hold the position, prosecutors stated his mother and her sweetheart hit him on the head and struck his body repeatedly with a shoe.
” Striking his body so hard there were pattern imprints on the kid’s butts when the police were finally called,” said Steele.
The boyfriend likewise confessed to throwing the 4-year-old under a scalding shower, which an expert later on found burned his shoulder.
Authorities said the autopsy likewise revealed old rib fractures, showing the beating that caused his death was not the first time he was abused.
Smith’s attorney decreased remark. A lawyer noted for King did not right away respond to a message.
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