Two Las Vegas parents are in custody after allegedly beating their 7 year-old son to death for not reading the bible or doing his homework, and lying about it.
Roderick Arrington was pronounced dead on November 30th after being admitted to a hospital unresponsive on the previous day.
His mother, Dina Palmer, and stepfather, Markeice Palmer, have been charged with murder, child abuse and neglect.
Markiece Palmer stated the second grade student was spanked on Nov. 27 because he had lied about reading the Bible; he said the boy was also spanked the following day for not finishing his homework, according to police.
Police claim the boy’s stepfather beat him with a spatula, belt and possibly a wooden paddle. Dina Palmer allegedly struck her son on his buttocks with both a belt and her hand.
The couple reportedly called a pastor before dialing 911. KSNV writes, “Pastor Kenneth Hollingsworth says he’s as shocked as anyone that Markiece Palmer chose to call him before first-responders.”
A truly infuriating and heartbreaking situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with little Roderick’s loved ones at this time.
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