The relatives of a 20-month-old who was beaten to death now have 20/20 hindsight as they realize they had concerns for the child’s safety.
Anthony Weakfall Jr. was charged with second-degree murder in the beating of Imani Jennings. Police said Weakfall beat the toddler with a metal rod, cable wire and his hand for an hour after she urinated on the floor Friday morning. He then left for school.
Police said the toddler’s mother, 18-year-old Cherron Patterson, and Weakfall returned from school that day to find the child’s lifeless body.
Investigators said they also learned that for the last two weeks Patterson and Weakfall went to school and left the child home alone with only a bowl of chicken nuggets and a glass of milk. The pair also admitted beating the child as a form of discipline when she would have an accident, police said.
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