Friday, October 31, 2014

Dad convicted for assault on 16-year-old son; gets one year in jail (United Kingdom)

Dad is identified as DAVID ORR.

Father locked up for violent attack on son

Published: 29 Oct 2014 09:00

A violent thug has been caged after being convicted of attacking his teenage son.

David Orr was locked up for a year for lashing out at 16-year-old Darrel at a flat in Paisley earlier this year.

The town’s sheriff court heard that the 36-year-old attacked Darrel on February 22 this year in Fairway Avenue.

Orr, who was on bail from Livingston Sheriff Court at the time of the offence, struck out, punching Darrel on the head.

He also caused a breach of the peace at the property by shouting and acting in an aggressive manner.

Orr, who was held on remand at Low Moss Prison, in Bishopbriggs, as he awaited trial, was also charged with battering Emma Louise Welch at a different flat in the same street a few months later.

Prosecutors claimed he left Welch badly hurt and scarred for life after raining punches on her head on May 17 this year while she was in pal Kerry Clark’s flat.

And he was also accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by threatening Welch with violence if she reported the assault to the police.

The last charge Orr faced was that, on May 19 this year, he knew Darrel was in Clark’s home and phoned her.

Court papers alleged that he demanded to speak to Darrel and threatened violence against him as he had spoken to police officers about the February attack. Welch told the court that Orr had attacked her and that Clark came to her rescue, pulling Orr off her.

She added: “He said I better not tell anyone that it was him that had done it.

“He was telling me not to tell anyone. “This went on for a period of possibly three or four hours.

“His demeanour was erratic.”

Welch said that Orr was extremely drunk at the time and said “he didn’t know what he was talking about.”

She explained: “He said it was actually a 5ft female who had attacked me.

“There was only me, a guy called David Orr and Kerry in her house drinking at the time.

“I know who done it to me, it was David Orr.”

Welch was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital by ambulance where she received treatment for a 3cm cut above her right eyebrow, which has left a scar.

Although Welch said it was Orr who attacked her she was unable to identify Orr in the dock.

After Clark said she saw Welch bleeding but did not see how she had come by her injury, prosecutors were left without enough evidence to secure a conviction for the assault on Welch.

They were also left without enough to prove that he had threatened Darrel and Welch.

The jury took around an hour-and-fifteen minutes to find Orr guilty of attacking his son and causing a rammy.

He was jailed for 12 months for the assault and nine months for shouting and bawling.

The sentences, which will run alongside each other, were backdated to July, when he was first remanded in custody.

Dad charged in shooting of 6-year-old son (Detroit, Michigan)

Dad is identified as DECOVIER ENGLISH.

Father charged after non-fatal shooting of 6-year-old son

Posted: Oct 30, 2014 7:56 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 30, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

By Staff

DETROIT (WJBK) - Prosecutors have charged a father in connection with the non-fatal shooting of his 6-year-old son.

The boy was shot in the wrist Wednesday night at a home in the 18400 block of Algonac on Detroit's east side.

Authorities say the gun belonged to the father, Decovier English, and was located in an upstairs bedroom.

The child was taken to the hospital and has been treated for the wound. English, 31, was arrested at the hospital without incident.

The father has been charged with Child Abuse Second Degree, Child Abuse Fourth Degree and Careless Discharge of a Weapon Causing Injury or Death.

English was arraigned Thursday and given a $10,000/10 percent bond. His preliminary examination will be held at 36th District Court at 1:30 a.m. November 13.

This is the second time this week a Detroit child has been shot. Tuesday, a 4-year-old boy shot himself in the leg after police say he got a hold of his mother's gun while she was sleeping.

Dad gets 4-8 years for beating death of 3-year-old son; had refused to return boy to mother and authorities refused to help (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)

Another update to the killer dads and custody lists. Once again, the backstory is totally omitted.

Here it is in a nutshell. And here are our former posts on this case.

The parents had no formal custody agreement (one reason why mothers should get automatic custody barring any reason why they shouldn't). The father played no role in child’s life until January 2010. Note that the father WAS allowed visitation by mother. In March 2010, the father refused to return child or allow maternal contact. The mother's early May 2010 petition for emergency custody WAS DENIED BY  Judge Andrew Dowling despite allegations of child abuse. The custody hearing was set for June 2010. The child died before then of traumatic brain injury. Though the death was ruled a homicide, no charges had been filed as late as September 2010. The grandmother planned to file a lawsuit against county Children and Youth; I'm not sure of the outcome of that.

Note that STEPHEN DIXON could be out of prison in as little as two years. This was a total slap on the wrist, and one of the worst cases we have covered here in terms of CPS/judicial incompetence and cover up for a custodial father.

Man gets 4-8 years for death of son, 3

Posted: Nov 08, 2012 4:25 PM EST Updated: Nov 09, 2012 9:34 AM EST

By Kendra Nichols

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A Dauphin County man will spend 4-8 years in prison for the death of his three-year-old son more than two years ago.

Stephen Dixon, 22, of Swatara Township, received the sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of Jayahn Cox-Phoenix.

Jayahn died May 25, 2010 on his third birthday when he was taken off life support at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, four days after Dixon called 911 to report that the boy had accidentally drowned in the bathtub of his apartment in the 3600 block of Chambers Hill Road.

Prosecutors said an autopsy later showed that Jayahn had suffered several non-accidental injuries and that his death was caused by both drowning and a traumatic brain injury.

Investigators believe Dixon became angry and beat the boy after he wet himself, then put him in the bathtub in an attempt to conceal what he had done. Dixon claimed his son accidentally drowned in the tub when he walked outside to let out his dog.

"I don't forgive him. I don't forgive his family," Jayahn's mother, Jasmine Cox said after the sentencing.

Dixon in the courtroom had turned around and looked at Cox and her family and said, "I didn't kill my son."

"I didn't look at him," Cox said. "I don't believe him. I know he hurt my son. There's nothing he can say or do to bring him back."

Cox believes Dixon's sentence should have been longer.

"The sentence that the judge gave out is probably the right sentence," Chief Assistant District Attorney Sean McCormack said.

"I am just disappointed that the laws, the way they are written, do not call for a longer sentence. Neither family is walking away happy today. I do not think anybody can walk away happy from a case like this."

Cox is expecting a baby boy in six weeks. She says she visits Jayahn's grave every week. "I am living in hell," she said. "I just want my son back. I miss him so much."

With credit for time served, Dixon will be eligible for parole in two years.

Custodial dad sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in beating death of 6-year-old son (Pocaltello, Idaho)

As we do updates to the killer dads and custody lists, you may notice an interesting pattern. By the time these fathers are convicted and sentenced, their custody status has been neatly erased. This case is no different.

In fact, dad ANTHONY BLAKE VILES gained custody just TWO MONTHS before he beat to death his 6-year-old son, and before gaining custody, he had NEVER EVEN MET THE BOY. See here for additional background.

Death of son gets Anthony Viles 15 years

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:20 pm | Updated: 11:58 pm, Tue Oct 15, 2013.

By Jimmy Hancock

POCATELLO — Anthony Blake Viles was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the death of his son Afton Allison.

Sixth District Judge Stephen Dunn, when imposing the sentence, said it was a difficult case because he didn’t believe Viles intended to kill Afton when striking him that April day.

“I think you hit him and a very tragic result came from that,” Dunn said.

But the judge was also clear that society needed to understand that the protection of children is paramount.

“I have to send a message not only to you but to others that children must be treated with great care,” Dunn said, calling the mistreatment of children a “huge problem in our society.”

Viles was charged with first-degree murder in April 2012 after his son died and in August he pleaded guilty to felony voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. At one point in the process, it was determined Viles was not competent to aid in his defense, and he was sent to State Hospital South for more than two months, returning with a diagnosis that he was now competent.

Tuesday’s sentencing hearing lasted nearly two hours and began with Viles’ attorney, Bannock County Public Defender Randy Schulthies, calling three witnesses. They included a caseworker with the child protection division of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare who knew Viles prior to Afton’s arrival, and who helped counsel him after his son came to Idaho, a therapist clinician at State Hospital South in Blackfoot, where Viles was committed for a time last year, and Viles’ grandfather.

All three testified to their particular knowledge of Viles’ character. All three testified that they believed violent behavior was out of character for Viles.

But the testimony of Beverly Clayton, the Health and Welfare case worker, and Viles’ grandfather Roy Viles also gave the court a glimpse into what Anthony Viles was dealing with when it came to 6-year-old Afton.

Washington state officials, when talking to Clayton, who was given their name by Viles as a reference, said Afton had some anger issues. Documented case history from Washington state, read in court by Schulthies, shows Afton had bouts controlling his anger and was prone to act out violently, kicking and hitting.

But it was Roy Viles who told the court that he witnessed Afton, on more than one occasion, attempt to hurt himself, hitting himself with toys during one incident and banging his head against a door jam during another.

Afton’s mother, who spoke to the court later in the proceeding, also confirmed that Afton was a lot of work to handle, also saying he was worth it.

All three of the witnesses Schulthies called agreed that Viles was not “equipped” with the skill set to handle Afton’s special needs.

After all witnesses had spoken, Schulthies made his recommendations to Dunn, telling the judge that he doesn’t believe Viles was attempting to hurt Afton when he struck out at the boy, but was doing so in reaction to a substantially difficult situation that he was not equipped to handle.

He recommended Viles be sentenced to three or four years fixed with 10 years indeterminate. He said Viles had asked him to request the judge consider a retained jurisdiction.

Bannock County Prosecutor Steve Herzog said that it is in the parent where trust is placed to protect the child.

“It sounds like Afton had a lot of needs and it was Mr. Viles job to meet those needs,” Herzog told Dunn. “Mr. Viles failed Afton.”

Then Herzog said that even assuming that Viles was just striking out at Afton in reaction to a bad situation, and that the child did experience the most substantial of his injuries when he hit his head falling back, his decision not to seek medical attention immediately was a sign that Viles was “detached.”

Instead, Herzog said, Viles went to visit his daughter, believing that he might not have the opportunity to see her again for a while, fearing he would be headed to prison.

Herzog recommended Viles be sentenced to seven year fixed and eight years indeterminate.

Viles then spoke to the judge, telling him that whatever sentence he handed down would not be as long as the sentence he has already imposed on his heart.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Afton,” Viles said.

Dunn agreed with Viles that the case was a tragic one, but immediately said he believed the entire 15 years available to him should be imposed. He said his primary decision was in determining how much of that 15 years should be fixed prison time, and how much should be left in the hands of the Department of Probation and Parole.

He sentenced Viles to seven years fixed and eight years indeterminate, adding that for those who would suggest he should bar Viles from ever being around children again, it was outside of his jurisdiction to make such a demand.

Custodial dad indicted on murder charges in death of 10-year-old daughter (Providence, Rhode Island)

Another update to the killer dads and custody list. Dad JORGE DEPINA had full custody at the time of his 10-year-old daughter's death. See more here.

AG seeks life sentence for dad in girl’s murder

By billtomison Published: January 28, 2014, 1:22 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket man charged with killing his 10-year-old daughter last July was hauled into court Tuesday for a filing. Prosecutors for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office had to notify the court that the state intends to seek a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Jorge DePina.

DePina remains held without bail at the ACI in Cranston. He was indicted on murder charges earlier this month by a grand jury.

On July 3, 2013, DePina brought his daughter Aleida to the Miriam Hospital for treatment. The girl had bruises and burns all over her body when she was admitted, and just a few hours later she was pronounced dead. The cause of her death was determined to be blunt force trauma. Jorge DePina was arrested on Independence Day and charged with first-degree child abuse.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dad with "full custody" found guilty to beating death of 7-year-old son; sentenced to life in prison (Anderson County, South Carolina)

Update to a case on the killer dads and custody list. For more background, see here. Dad received "full custody" of the victim and his brother in 2006. The victim died of shock from blood loss after being beaten with a metal mop handle. The boy had been dead for at least two hours when the father called the authorities

Custodial dad JAMES T. DICKERSON was finally found guilty of his 7-year-old son's 2008 beating death in 2010, and sentenced to life in prison.

James T. Dickerson, 42, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail after being found guilty of beating his son Jeremy Dickerson, 7, to death.

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2008, James Dickerson was in the middle of a methamphetamine-fueled binge when he rained down at least 50 blows that hit every single part of his son's body, except for the child's toes.

Judge Cordell Maddox needed to leave to courtroom for 10 minutes to regain his composure at the March trial before announcing the sentence that now has Dickerson spending life behind bars.

Dad found guilty of 1st-degree murder in beating death of 3-year-old son during dad's summer visitation; boy's body found in dumpster (Memphis, Tennessee)

Another update to the killer dads and custody list. Though not reported here, this murder took place during the father's summer visitation. The mother lived out of state.

Here are some earlier posts on this case.

Dad is identified as MAURICE BROWN SR.

Maurice Brown Found Guilty Of Murdering Son

Posted: Aug 03, 2014 3:09 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2014 11:19 PM EDT

By Lynnanne Nguyen, Reporter

DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - It will be at least half a century before Maurice Brown even has a chance at being a free man again.

Prosecutors say Brown must serve a minimum of 51 years of his life sentence for killing his son, Maurice Brown, Jr.

Investigators say Brown beat his three year old son to death in the summer of 2012, and then tossed his body in a dumpster.

The jury found him guilty of all five counts Sunday, including first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

“We do feel justice has been served,” Maurice Brown, Jr’s aunt, Princess Page said, “We still have to deal with the pain of not having Junior, we lost him too soon.”

Prosecutors and investigators celebrated outside the courtroom after the verdict was read, saying getting justice for little Maurice Brown, Jr. was a team effort, from the cell phone records police found pinning Maurice Brown, Sr. to the scene of the crime, to neighbors and witnesses who testified seeing Brown carry his son's lifeless body to the car the night he died.

“We are all delighted across the board, the right thing happened,” Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols said, “I think everyone appreciates the police department, but this is really one the public needs to be aware of, this case would not have been solved.”

But as celebrations and hugs filled the hallway outside this criminal courtroom, elsewhere Maurice Brown was grappling with the prospect of his future.

“Obviously it wasn't a verdict we wanted, so he's upset over a lot of things,” Brown’s Defense Attorney John Perry said, “He's re-lived some things he absolutely regrets, maintains the fact that he loved his son, it's a hard day for him.”

The defense still stands by its story that this was a case of child discipline gone too far.

“He was trying to give an honest version of the facts, the way that it happened,” Perry said of Brown’s testimony.

But family members of Maurice Brown, Jr. say they didn't believe one word.

“Lies, lies, lies. cries, and lies, that's exactly how I felt about everything he had to say,” Page said, “Someone has gotten away with this before, and Maurice was planning on getting away with this.”

It seems the jury didn't believe Brown either, finding him guilty on all five counts.

“Maurice Brown, Jr. is loved, he was loved by his family, our family loved him and we still continue to love him,” Page said, “Junior is watching over us the same way we watched over him those three years he was with us.

Maurice Brown, Sr. was sentenced to life in prison, but will be sentenced on the other four counts he was found guilty of on September 12th.


A jury has found Maurice Brown, Sr. guilty of first degree murder and has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his three-year old son, Maurice Brown, Jr., to death and tossing his body into a dumpster in July 2012. Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols tells FOX13 Brown will serve a minimum of 51 years before he's eligible for parole.

Brown was also found guilty on four other counts, including aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect, and will be sentenced on those charges on September 12th. The jury deliberated for about three hours before delivering a unanimous verdict.

"It was kind of a relief for me, just to know that justice has been served, the jury did its job, the deputies, the Memphis Police Department, everyone did what they were supposed to do, because I know Maurice (Brown, Sr.) felt he was going to get away with this," Maurice Brown, Jr.'s aunt, Princess Page, said.

Meanwhile defense is sticking to their story, that this was a case of child discipline gone too far.

"Obviously it wasn't a verdict we wanted, so he's upset over a lot of things. He's re-lived some things he absolutely regrets, maintains the fact that he loved his son," Brown's Defense Attorney John Perry said.

FOX13's Lynnanne Nguyen spoke to family members, prosecutors in the case, and Brown's defense attorney and will have a wrap up of the case on FOX13 News tonight at 5 & 9.