Mother, stepfather charged with murder
School had reported abusePolice in Las Vegas allege that a 7-year-old boy was beaten to death by his parents after failing to read the Bible or do his homework. Roderick "RJ" Arrington Jr., was admitted to an area hospital on Nov. 29 because he was unresponsive, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Personnel there called officers to the scene after they observed severe bruising and brain swelling, according to a police report. The boy died the following afternoon.
Police arrested the boy's mother, Dina Palmer, 27, and stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, and charged them with the murder of the boy. Investigators said that Palmer "stood by and let her husband" shake and beat the boy to death.
According the the police report, his mother found him unresponsive in bed the day after the beating and called her pastor first, then an ambulance.Hours before 7-year-old Roderick "RJ" Arrington was beaten into a coma last week, officials at his school called the child welfare hotline to report suspicions of abuse at the boy's home. But social workers never responded to Roundy Elementary on Nov. 28, and RJ went home. That was his last day of school.
That night, Las Vegas police said, the boy was severely beaten. He was hospitalized the next day and died Nov. 30, his brain swollen and his body riddled with open wounds and bruises from being whipped and pummeled.