Mom Charged For Brutally Beating, Killing Son With House Furniture
- A 1 year old child in Ohio was found under several large pieces of furniture
- He was taken to a hospital but was later pronounced dead
- The toddler’s 24-year-old mother was arrested for allegedly beating the child and charged with murder
A 24-year-old woman from Canton, Ohio, faces murder charges after her 17-month-old son was allegedly beaten with household furniture on Monday.
Just before 5 p.m., officers responded to an indecent exposure report in the 1900 block of Maple Avenue Northeast when they came across a naked woman walking on the sidewalk, WDTN reported, citing Cantonal Police chief Jack Angelo.
The woman was identified as Mary Guarendi-Walker, WJW reported.
According to Angelo, Guarendi-Walker told officers that her son was murdered at home. When the officers entered the woman’s house through an unlocked window, they discovered a small child under several large piles of furniture.
Police said the child, identified by WJW as Kevin Walker Jr., was passed out and was suffering from severe head and body trauma. The boy was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives said they believe it was a domestic incident in which the mother attacked the child with several household furniture.
Following the incident, Guarendi-Walker was arrested and charged with murder. According to WJW, police also arrested 29-year-old Kevin Walker, the child’s father, for obstruction of justice, which was changed to murder Tuesday.
Authorities said an investigation into the incident was still ongoing.
A similar incident occurred last week when a New Jersey woman was accused of repeatedly beating a 9-year-old girl in foster care so that the child could barely walk.
Prosecutors charged 56-year-old Stephanie Gregory with two cases of second degree aggravated assault and six second degree assault cases that threatened a child’s well-being. She was also accused of once possessing a controlled substance used to hold heroin in the third grade.
Gregory, who was the legal guardian of the victim and her two siblings, allegedly failed to feed the victim properly and repeatedly hit her with a metal spatula, leaving the child with open wounds and welts on the body.
Child welfare officials found the child extremely emaciated and barely able to walk. She was released from Gregory’s custody and taken to a hospital for treatment.