…as a result of extraordinarily cruel measures in an attempt to make him learn.
An Alameda County jury today convicted an Oakland man of assault causing death and child abuse in connection with the 2003 death of his 3-year-old son, but have not yet reached a verdict on a charge of murder.
The panel convicted Chazarus Hill Sr., 27, of assaulting and abusing Chazarus “Cha Cha” Hill by repeatedly used a belt, his fists and switches whenever the boy wet the bed or misidentified numbers and letters on flash cards.
During closing arguments Monday, [Deputy District Attorney Darryl] Stallworth whipped the air with a switch and slapped his own palm with a belt as he described how Hill allegedly beat his son during the last month of his life.
Instead of putting the 40-pound toddler to bed at night, “the defendant put him in a casket,” Stallworth told jurors, urging them to return a verdict of first-degree murder.
The boy died Sept. 20, 2003, of multiple injuries, including a blood clot in the brain.
The defense attorney questioned whether some of the injuries could have been inflicted by Kymberly Ford, Cha Cha’s stepmother, when Ford was alone with the boy.
Ford, who also testified in the trial, was released from prison more than a month ago after serving part of a four-year sentence on a child-abuse charge for allowing the assaults to occur.
I’ll never understand people who beat an education into their children. Don’t they understand the negative association the child will have with the learning experience? It’ll always be something they associate with pain and torment. The good thing about all this is that people who harm children are the most loathed in prison. This cat should expect a royal welcome by The Sisters the moment he hits Gen Pop.
On another note, and I don’t mean this in an insensitive way, is 40 pounds the standard weight for a three-year old? It seems a little heavy. I’m not sure, so I figured I’d ask.