Report: Homestead toddler dies after father’s repeated punches
Source: Sun Sentinel — Lee Willie DeJesus told police he was trying to teach his son how to box.
So with the 2-year-old on a bed, DeJesus punched him over and over again, up to 15 times, according to a Miami-Dade police report.
The alleged attack took place Monday night inside a Homestead apartment. The boy, Willy Brown, underwent surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital. Family members told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-Ch. 4 that the boy died Tuesday afternoon.
DeJesus, 23, was in a Miami-Dade County jail, held on more than $57,000 bail and charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect.
DeJesus’ account of the night was detailed in an arrest affidavit released Tuesday.
Police were called to the apartment at 316 SW Fourth Ave. shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday. There, they met DeJesus, who told them that he came home and found the boy unresponsive on the bed, according to the report.
He tried to blame a baby sitter.
Investigators took DeJesus to the homicide bureau and interviewed him again. He waived his Miranda rights and changed his story, the affidavit said.
DeJesus had been watching the boy while the 2-year-old’s mother was at work.
“The defendant was teaching the victim to box and the defendant placed 16 ounce boxing gloves on his fists,” the arrest affidavit said. “The defendant then punched the victim approximately 15 times to his face, head, torso and shoulders.”
The “boxing” lasted about 15 minutes, the affidavit said. The boy stayed on the bed until he was knocked off, striking his head against a bedroom wall and a tile floor, the affidavit said.
The boy became unresponsive. DeJesus picked him up and put him back on the bed. He realized the boy might be having a seizure, the affidavit said.
Still, the affidavit said DeJesus waited 30 minutes to an hour before he called 911.
DeJesus has been arrested several times before in Miami-Dade, according to court records, with his most serious conviction being for marijuana possession in 2007.
DeJesus’ mother, Maria DeJesus, told WFOR that she didn’t think her son was capable of such an attack on the boy.
“No, I don’t think. He might be capable of beating [the boy's mother], but they always go at it, but then she goes right back to him,” Maria DeJesus told WFOR. “And if he did, he knows I love him. He knows what time it is. He knows he’s got to suffer with the consequences.”