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A Tallahassee, Florida woman is charged with brutally beating a 3-year-old boy to death with a tire iron.

Te’Lea Jefferson, 23, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 20 and charged with murder and aggravated battery after she confessed to beating the boy with a tire iron for climbing on a bathroom sink to brush his teeth.

Jefferson, who lived with the child's mother and his 6-year-old brother, first told investigators the toddler fell off the sink and hit his head on the toilet.

But emergency room staff told police the boy's injuries -- including severe lacerations to his face and hands and bruises on his arms and legs, were "not consistent" with falling off a sink, court records show.

Jefferson, who told police she was in a domestic relationship with the boys' mother, later confessed that she attacked the toddler with a tire iron after he refused her demands to get off the sink.

Jefferson said his refusal to get down off the sink angered her. She went into a bedroom and retrieved a tire iron from a tool box.

She then returned to the bathroom and threw the tire iron at the boy, striking him in the face, according to the police report.

Jefferson admitted to hitting the boy several more times with the tire iron and she recalled seeing blood gushing from his body.

Jefferson's girlfriend hid the bloody murder weapon outside the home.

Police believe the child died in the home before Jefferson brought him to the hospital on Oct. 19 with severe trauma to his face and head. He was unresponsive and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital at 7 p.m.

Hospital staff called 911 to report the "suspicious death" of a child.

According to the affidavit -- based on the timeline of events -- she should have arrived at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's emergency room around 4 p.m. Jefferson confessed after investigators confronted her about the 3-hour gap in her story.

The male-identified lesbian told police she disciplined the boys when they misbehaved. She said the 3-year-old "often required more strikes or blows than his older" brother, according to the affidavit.

Jefferson is being held without bond in the Leon County Detention Facility.

At her first court appearance on Oct. 21, Jefferson said she preferred to hire her own attorney rather than be assigned a public defender, even though she qualified for public assistance, WCTV reported.

Public defender Nancy Showalter said she spoke with Jefferson and her mother, and the family would rather hire a private attorney.

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A video of a father and stepmother disciplining their disobedient daughter is going viral on social media.

The video has sparked debate over whether the father and stepmother are being abusive to the girl.

The video shows a father apparently abusing his teenage daughter who allegedly stole something and called his wife a "fat a** b*tch".

The video went viral after celebrities such as Lil Scrappy posted it on social media.

Some are calling for child protective services to investigate.

Update:

The girl is in the custody of rapper Waka Flocka's mom, Debra Antney, who is reportedly related to her. See the videos below.
 


 

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A Pensacola man was arrested after he brutally beat his minor child with a belt for making bad grades, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Darryl McRae, 33, was charged with child cruelty and child abuse. He is being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.

The incident came to light after the boy approached a school resource officer and said his father gave him a "whoopin'" on Sunday because of his grades.

The resource officer observed bruises and welts all over the child's back and leg. A school counselor contacted the police and DCF took the boy into custody.

According to a police report obtained by WEAR TV, the boy said McRae struck him 15 times with a belt. McRae reportedly beat the boy multiple times in the past with a belt, and other objects.

McRae's arrest sends a message to other parents that beating children with belts, extension cords, and similar objects is against the law and punishable by prison time.

The law understands that raising children is hard work and takes a lot of patience and self-discipline. But child abuse will not be tolerated.

Parents are urged to take parenting classes to teach them more effective ways to discipline children and to manage their own emotions and anger.

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A mom who abandoned her 14-year-old special needs son at an Atlanta hospital may not face prison time.

Atlanta police charged Diana Elliot, 37, with child cruelty after she abandoned her special needs son outside Grady Memorial Hospital on the cold night of Dec. 4.

Security cameras captured Elliott escorting the smiling teenager into the lobby of the hospital and then leaving the scene in a red minivan.

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The teenager, who is unable to communicate verbally, wandered outside looking for his mother after she left.

A kindhearted nurse on her lunch break noticed the boy standing outside the hospital. She escorted him back inside the hospital where he was cared for until police arrived.

"It was fortunate there was a nurse at Grady hospital, who was on her break, who went outside and happened to notice this young man outside," said police Lt. Jeff Baxter. "He needed help and shouldn't have been left like that," Baxter told Channel 2 News.

The teenager is now in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services, according to Channel 2 News.

Elliott was tracked down by police and arrested on Wednesday. She was booked into the Fulton County Jail on felony child cruelty charges.

She told police she was overwhelmed caring for her son and her three other children.

Parents with special needs kids attended Elliott's bond hearing on Thursday. Her attorney - a parent to three special needs children himself - represented her pro bono (for free). The attorney believes the boy may have Down syndrome.

The judge said she would rather see Elliott get the childcare help she needs rather than send her to prison.

Georgia's "Safe Haven" law allows overwhelmed mothers to leave newborns at hospitals, fire stations, police stations and sheriff's offices without facing prosecution.

The law does not permit abandoning toddlers, adolescents or teenagers anywhere in Georgia.

Parents of unwanted adolescents or teenagers are urged to call DFACS, or give up their parental rights instead of abandoning their older children.

"It's rare that you see somebody older than a newborn being abandoned - it's very rare," Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told WSB-TV.

"Our message is that we definitely understand that parents can feel overwhelmed by special needs children - that's something that everyone can empathize with," Campos said. "But leaving them unattended is not the proper solution. The child was found outside, cold and hungry, and that's just not an appropriate way to deal with something like this."

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2 teenagers are in police custody charged in connection with theft of a SUV with two baby girls inside. The incident happened on Wednesday at a Clayton County gas station, south of Atlanta.

Police tracked an iPad and an iPhone stolen from the SUV to the southwest Atlanta home of Khyree Swift, 17, early Friday morning. Another teen was arrested at a different location.

Police did not release the name of Swift's accomplice because he is only 16. He will face a judge on Monday, where he may be charged as an adult.

Police are still searching for a 3rd accomplice.

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