A young boy died after he was beaten with a plastic rod and thrown across a room for drinking milk from a jug. His mom’s girlfriend, and the girlfriend’s mother all allegedly participated in the beating.
The 3-year-old, Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel, died of from his injuries. According to the Associated Press, Lakesha Lewis, 28, and her mother, Callene Barton, 58, have each been charged with first-degree murder.
Xavier's mother, Brandi Mokarzel lived with Lewis and Satchel in Orlando, Florida. According to the AP, Mokarzel woke up Friday to the sounds of Barton yelling at her son for drinking from the milk jug. Lewis allegedly grabbed a plastic window-blinds rod and beat Xavier until the rod broke. Mokarzel claimed she took her son into her bedroom, but Barton grabbed him, and threw him down a hall.
Instead of calling 911, Lewis and Barton tried splashing water on the boy to wake him up. Barton allegedly said she would "end" Mokarzel if she called police. Mokarzel was charged with child neglect for not reporting previous abuse. Doctors found he had several healing bruises.
Xavier’s father, Jaquan Satchel, lives in Washington and hasn’t seen his son in two years.
“The kid was a ball of sunshine,” Satchel told the Orlando-Sentinel. “Every day was amazing. I got to joke and laugh with him.”
[Orange County Jail]