Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Prosecutors: Primary caretaker dad beat 4-month-old son to death for crying, then played video games (Chicago, Ilinois)

Yes, I know. Just a few months ago, your Sunday paper had a lovely piece on stay-at-home dads and how cute and cuddly they are. Great fluff.

In reality, a lot of them are guys like WILLIE BROWN. Incapable of and/or unwilling to get a job and provide any financial support for their kids, so drafted into caretaking. But the male adolescent mind is not really tuned into caretaking. Especially not when you could be playing Minecraft instead. So this is the predictable result again and again.

Notice the healing injuries. This was not the first time Daddy abused the baby.

Prosecutors: After fatally beating infant, dad, 17, played video games

October 01, 2013|By Steve Schmadeke | Tribune reporter

After allegedly beating his crying 4-month-old boy to death in a West Englewood bedroom, 17-year-old Willie Brown played video games, Cook County prosecutors said today.

Brown, who was Demari Brown’s primary caregiver, is charged with the Thursday beating of his son, who a witness said had been crying at a home in the 6000 block of South Honore Street, prosecutors said. At about 10 a.m., Brown was alone in the bedroom with the boy when his crying suddenly stopped, said Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Kent.

Brown then emerged from the bedroom and began playing video games, Kent said. Soon after, a witness went into the bedroom and found Demari unresponsive, she said. Brown lives on the 2400 Block of West Gladys Avenue.

The infant was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and pronounced dead. At the hospital, Brown’s girlfriend asked him what he had done to her child and he tearfully responded, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Kent said.

Demari suffered blunt force trauma to the head, a skull fracture, internal bleeding and rib fractures, Kent said. He also had healing fractures in his ribs and a wrist, she said. The infant died of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Police said the infant was given a bath and placed in a crib for a nap by the grandmother. The baby's mother checked on the child and discovered the child was unresponsive, police said.

The victim's father was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Judge Israel Desierto set bail today at $500,000.