Prosecutors: NYC Mother Kills 5-Year-Old Son For Breaking Television
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Jamar Johnson, 5, was playing with his Nintendo Wii video game system when he accidentally broke the television.
Prosecutors say that’s when his mother, 21-year-old Kim Crawford, flew into a rage and struck Jamar on his back and stomach very hard.
The Daily News reports Crawford told police she hit Jamar “harder than I’ve ever hit him.”
Jamar vomited and complained of serious pain for days, but Crawford reportedly didn’t take him to the hospital. She was reportedly afraid of being arrested.
Friday, Jamar Johnson died of an infection brought on by a lacerated pancreas and intestine.
Crawford has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
The Administration for Children’s Services has reportedly taken Crawford’s other child in its care.
Crawford has previous arrests for assault and drug possession.
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