Friday, November 19, 2010

Baby's last minutes with dad with are tale of horrific abuse (Columbus, Ohio)

Stomach wrenching stuff. There is really nothing I can say about dad QUINDELL SHERMAN. His "alleged" actions speak for themselves.

Baby's last minutes were tale of horrific abuse, police say
Friday, November 19, 2010 02:52 AM
By John Futty


Quindell Sherman told Columbus police that he threw his 3-month-old son only once.

But the child's fatal injuries and witnesses tell a different story, according to a report prepared by police for Sherman's initial appearance yesterday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

The 20-year-old father repeatedly threw his baby onto the pavement outside a South Linden home Tuesday night, police said.

Judge Paul M. Herbert set bail at $2.5 million in a brief hearing in which Sherman, who is charged with murder, did not speak.

Police provided a graphic account of the allegations in a report that was reviewed by the judge but not read in court.

According to the investigation, Sherman threw the baby, Jayden Mitchell, onto a concrete landing outside 1121 E. 16th Ave. during a fight with the child's mother, Sonia Mitchell, about 9:45 p.m.

After punching the mother and the child's great-grandmother, Carolynne Holmes, Sherman picked up the baby from the landing and flung him an estimated 25 feet, into the middle of E. 16th Avenue. Sherman then ran into the street, grabbed the infant by an arm and "dragged him down the street like a rag doll," police reported.

Sherman then "ran into an alley north of 16th Avenue, turned around facing the house ... held the infant high above his head and slammed the baby into the ground."

He grabbed the baby again, ran to E. 17th Avenue and hid in a trash bin, where officers said they found him standing on the child.

Officers attempted to resuscitate the boy, who was pronounced dead at Nationwide Children's Hospital at 10:39 p.m.

Death was caused by "multiple injuries to the head, chest and abdomen," Coroner Jan Gorniak ruled after an autopsy Wednesday.

Police said the father told homicide detectives that "he only threw his infant son into the air one time."

Sherman, who had no adult criminal record, appeared in court wearing a green "suicide vest," typically placed on high-profile jail inmates who might try to harm themselves. He is being held in protective isolation at the Franklin County jail.

Sonia Mitchell, 20, was among the family members who attended the hearing. She declined to comment on the case afterward.

Her uncle Jermaine Mitchell thanked "everyone for their concerns and prayers for our family at this time."

He said the family "is dealing with it the best they can. With God and prayers, we'll make it through."