Friday, February 17, 2017 12:47 PM
Woman Charged After Boyfriend Beat Their Toddler Son To Death: Was She Also Abused?By: Monya Fleming
A 21-month-old little boy has died after his father beat him and his 3-year-old sister. The boy's mother, Chantelle Driver, was also arrested after police accused her of allowing the beatings. Family members suggested that Driver was a victim of abuse herself and woke up to discover her son had been injured.
On Thursday, 21-month-old Shomari Holmes Jr. was removed from life support at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at around 3:45 p.m. The toddler had been hospitalized since he was found unresponsive at an apartment complex on Bently Road in Marietta on Saturday afternoon.
The father of the little boy, Shomari Holmes, reportedly admitted to police that he beat the child. The warrant stated that Shomari repeatedly struck the boy in the head and ribs with a closed fist, causing internal bleeding. He also admitted to beating the boy's 3-year-old sister. She was beaten with a belt on the back and legs and also had a bitemark on her right forearm.
After the child's death, police said that charges against Holmes will be upgraded to felony murder. He had been charged with second-degree cruelty to children, misdemeanor simple battery and felony aggravated battery.
Driver was also arrested and charged after police said that she knew Holmes was beating the boy and refused to call police. Authorities also stated that she failed to obtain medical care for the child. She's charged with second-degree child cruelty and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.
An uncle has come forward to claim that Chantelle was a victim of abuse. Court records reportedly show that she was beaten in several incidents. Her family claimed that she worked from home and also attended school. Chantelle stated that she was asleep at the time of her son's beating. She claims she woke up and discovered the her son had been injured and called for help.
Driver and Holmes were in court on Sunday for their first appearance, when Driver was given an $80,000 bond. Holmes was denied bond and has another court date set for March 7. Family said that the two have no money and are currently trying to find an attorney. A GoFundMe account has been set up for little Shomari's funeral expenses.
The 3-year-old little girl remains in state custody but family said that they remain in contact with the child.
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