PA Couple Allegedly Beat 4yo To Death For Spilling His Cereal

by Kim Boateng Posted on January 24th, 2018

Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA : Teen mom Lisa Smith, 19, and her boyfriend Keiff King, 26, both of Willow Grove in Abington Township have been remended in Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to make bail in the beating death of 4-year-old Tahjir Smith – after he had spilled his breakfast cereal.

The couple have been charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Attempted Murder of the First-Degree, Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and related charges in the death of 4-year-old Tahjir Smith according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Abington Township Police Chief John A. Livingood.

“This senseless death of a 4-year-old boy at the hands of the very adults who are supposed to care for him and keep him safe. This is the face of domestic violence—a preschooler was beaten until he stopped breathing because he spilled his cereal. We have charged the mother and her boyfriend and will be the voice for justice for Tahjir.” Steele added.

At approximately 6:11 p.m., Abington Township Police responded to a report of a respiratory emergency. Paramedics arrived to find the boy limp and unresponsive. He was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Montgomery County Detectives and Abington Police began a joint investigation that revealed that earlier in the day Tahjir had been beaten by both defendants at their home in the 1800 block of Lukens Avenue for having spilled his breakfast cereal. 4-year-old Tahjir Smith was repeatedly struck on the head and torso, using both a hand and a shoe.

On Jan. 23, 2018, Forensic Pathologist Dr. Ian Hood with the Montgomery County Coroner’s
Office completed an autopsy on the child. In addition to the fresh injuries to the boy’s body, Dr. Hood also found old rib fractures. Dr. Hood is awaiting further test results before opining on the cause and manner of death.

The defendant was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge John D. Kessler, who set bail for each defendant at $500,000. They failed to post bail and were remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m., Jan. 31, 2018

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