LAKELAND, FL – Authorities over in Lakeland arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son to death. Investigators say that the suspect allegedly told police that he hit the child for reportedly urinating on a couch inside of the home.
A Florida man is facing charges that he killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, telling detectives he struck the child for urinating on the couch, officials said. https://t.co/ddU7x86pit
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) April 12, 2021
On April 9th, the mother of two-year-old Jayden Hines had left her son in the care of 30-year-old Alegray Jones as she went to work.
Sometime after leaving the child in the care of her boyfriend, Jones had allegedly texted Jayden’s mother saying that he was unresponsive when trying to wake him up.
The boy’s mother promptly returned home, and emergency services arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, transporting the young child to an area hospital.
Sadly, the child was pronounced deceased after arriving.
Detectives with Lakeland Police noted that the child’s body showed signs of numerous physical injuries, and a subsequent autopsy confirmed that the child had died from blunt force trauma.
When detectives confronted Jones with the aforementioned details, he allegedly informed police that he had become irate with the child for purportedly urinating on a couch inside of the house and began to hit the child several times to the point where the child fell unconscious.
Jones has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with respect to the case.
Jayden Hines, 2, was pronounced dead at Lakeland Regional Medical Center early Friday morning after suffering blunt-force trauma to multiple areas of his body, according to police. https://t.co/16Sk7Ja8Tu
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) April 13, 2021
Jayden’s biological father, Rashawd Holsey Hines, says that the charges lodged against Jones for his son’s death are simply not enough:
“My son was tortured – tortured and murdered – and aggravated manslaughter is not enough; I will not settle for that.”
Hines believes that this was an act of premeditated murder as opposed to a brutal act of Corporal punishment gone too far:
“It explains in the autopsy that my son suffered a laceration to the liver, brain bleeding, and bruises all over his body…It seems to me that was a bit more premeditated.”
What has Hines all the more upset is that Jones had allegedly called the child’s mother before an ambulance was called for little Jayden. He believes that maybe Jayden could’ve been saved had an ambulance been called immediately:
“Why did you call his mom first? Why didn’t you call the ambulance right away? You could’ve saved my son’s life. That’s what makes me think this is premeditated.”
Aside from wanting to see firmer charges levied against Jones for his son’s death, Heinz would also like to see the child’s mother be held accountable in this investigation as well.
Even though Jones is in custody and has been charged in connection with the Jayden’s death, Lakeland Police are still investigating the matter.
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Meanwhile in California, the serving of justice was relatively light for the two teens that beat to death one of their 13-year-old classmates back in 2019.
Here’s that previous report from March.
MORENO VALLEY, CA – Two teens were sentenced to probation and released to their parents after pleading to involuntary manslaughter in the fatal beating of a 13-year-old classmate at a Moreno Valley school in 2019.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 26, 2021
Back on September 16th, 2019, 13-year-old Diego Stolz was beaten to death by two of his classmates at Landmark Middle School. While the two responsible for Stolz’s killing did plead to involuntary manslaughter, officials are not releasing the identities of either two now-14-year-old convicted felons.
It was a case that shocked the community at the time it occurred, in part due to bystanders filming the beating of Stolz as it occurred. In the video, Stolz can be seen getting punched and then falling, where his head struck a concrete pillar.
He unfortunately died nine days later due to his sustained injuries in the beating.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger Luebs ruled on March 26th that the 14-year-old juveniles must also perform 150 hours of community service, attend counseling, and participate in a character-building program alongside their probation term.
Apparently, both of the convicted killers spent only 47 days inside of a juvenile facility for their actions that led to Stolz’s death.
The judge dismissed the district attorney’s and probation department’s requests for the teenagers to spend more time behind bars. He clarified that the law required him to punish the juveniles in the least restrictive manner in order to increase both rehabilitation efforts and public safety.
More time behind bars for the teens, which would result in them being housed with more experienced and seasoned offenders, will do more harm in the long run, according to Judge Luebs.
In an effort to justify the ruling, defense attorney David Wohl preemptively shrugged off those who might perceive this ruling as being tantamount to a “slap on the wrist” for the two killer teens:
“The idea that they didn’t go to youth prison shouldn’t be seen as a slap on the wrist. Actually, they’re going to have a lot of work to do to have to eventually complete the probation, which probably won’t end until their 18th birthday.”
Ricson Dakanay, another defense attorney who represented one of the teens, alleged that his client is “extremely remorseful” for the killing of Stolz:
“He is extremely remorseful. It was an incident that occurred when they were 13-years-old. There was trauma involved in that. They couldn’t really process what was going on at the time.”
The family of the victim have opted not to comment on the outcome of the case.
The unnamed convicted killers are reportedly returning to Juvenile Court on June 25th to administer a progress report to the judge regarding their imposed sentences.
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