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Man killed his cousin by disciplining the 4-year-old boy to the point of death

According to law enforcement officials, a 33-year-old man named Montreal has been apprehended and is now facing a litany of charges, including murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in severe harm, aggravated battery, and battery resulting in the death of a child under the age of 14. These charges stem from the tragic incident involving Montrel’s 4-year-old cousin, Jolly.

The incident came to light when a 911 dispatcher received a distress call reporting a 4-year-old boy experiencing a seizure. First responders arrived promptly, discovering the young victim unconscious. Despite no visible external injuries, paramedics noted the child’s unresponsiveness.

Shortly thereafter, investigators stumbled upon troubling evidence within the residence: blood stains on the bathroom counter and sink, damage to the bathroom door, and multiple bloodstains in various bedrooms. Due to the severity of his injuries, the 4-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where medical professionals informed authorities that the child had suffered non-accidental trauma and had never regained consciousness. Tragically, the young boy succumbed to blunt-force head injuries.

Police officials revealed that Montreal claimed he was disciplining the child for wearing his shoes incorrectly, subjecting him to wall sits. However, Montrel’s anger escalated when the child opted to use the toilet seated instead of standing, prompting further punishment.

The situation took a horrifying turn when Montreal forced the young boy to use the restroom and then return to perform more wall sits. At one point, he discovered the child lying near the door frame, blood emanating from his mouth. The child’s mother, Jasontina, was in and out of the house during this time, tending to groceries.

Montreal now faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence, ranging from 45 to 65 years, if convicted of the aforementioned charges. Prosecutors emphasized that Montrel’s statements failed to explain the extensive injuries documented by medical professionals before the child’s tragic passing.

These injuries included patterned bruising on the scalp, subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhage, severe brain damage, a torn upper lip frenulum with surrounding mucosal bruising, bruising on the arms, a suspected laceration/contusion of the pancreas, possible bowel contusion of the ascending colon, several possible rib fractures, and patterned bruising on the back and diffuse bruising on the right buttock.

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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