The pointless death of Imani Jennings

Day care provider in court; accused of not reporting abuse:

This is the story about 20-month-old Imani Jennings from Syracuse, New York. She wasn’t just beaten to death by her mom’s boyfriend. She was part of a bizarre set of circumstances that led to a mostly preventable death.

Imanai’s birth organism, 18-year-old Cherron Patterson, had split with Imani’s father. She had taken up with 15-year-old Anthony Weakfall as her new boyfriend. While appearing loving and peaceful in public Imanai was going through hell in private. According to autopsy reports Weakfield repeatedly beat Imani with a metal rod, a cable and a spring and that the abuse was ongoing.

To make matters worse the day care center where Imani would go knew the abuse was going on. Daycare provider Diane Shakir even took pictures of Imanai’s abuse but not to go to police. Shakir allegedly took the pictures to cover her own ass so people wouldn’t think that she was the cause of the abuse. Two weeks before Imani’s death at Weakfall’s hand Patterson removed her from the daycare under the suspicion that Shakir knew about the abuse.

Did I mention that Patterson is also pregnant. I wonder if she thought that Weakfall would treat this baby any different.

Imani’s father, Lee Jennings, was fighting for custody through legal channels but as we all know the wheels of justice tend to jam a lot.

In the weeks leading up to her death Imanai would be left alone all day with a bowl of Chicken McNuggets and a glass of milk. The beatings would come if she had an accident. Think about that for a second. A 20-month-old girl, left home alone all day, then beaten if she had an accident. What child that age doesn’t have accidents.

In a day and age where so many resources are available to ‘parents’ there is no need for people to act like barbarians.

Thanks to c0untrygirl for the tip.

38 Comments

  1. Hi this happened in my hometown.Some details I’ve learned from the extensive local coverage was that the “mother” told police that she thought severe corporal punishment was the appropriate way to pottytrain. Where did she learn that? Apparently cps has a case file on HER mother. Also relatives DID she her hitting the baby in the head very hard but “didn’t really think about it” or some BS. The father was no where to be had for months and there were no social workers on her case even though she lived in government housing because of her status of having a child and still attending high school. Also sick and twisted was a front page piece a few days after Imani’s death of Ms Pattersons teachers praising her A+ grades and behavior in school as if that makes her somehow innocent of this??

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  2. Hi this happened in my hometown.Some details I’ve learned from the extensive local coverage was that the “mother” told police that she thought severe corporal punishment was the appropriate way to pottytrain. Where did she learn that? Apparently cps has a case file on HER mother. Also relatives DID she her hitting the baby in the head very hard but “didn’t really think about it” or some BS. The father was no where to be had for months and there were no social workers on her case even though she lived in government housing because of her status of having a child and still attending high school. Also sick and twisted was a front page piece a few days after Imani’s death of Ms Pattersons teachers praising her A+ grades and behavior in school as if that makes her somehow innocent of this??

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  3. This is so sad. I don’t understand how a mom can stand and let a man hurt her child like this. At 18yrs she should have known that baby was her responsibility no excuse for her on allowing this. When my baby falls down and get hurt with out feeling bad about it, now I will be dam to see my baby get hurt like this by a scumbag and don’t do anything about it. RIP little angel 😦

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  4. This is so sad. I don’t understand how a mom can stand and let a man hurt her child like this. At 18yrs she should have known that baby was her responsibility no excuse for her on allowing this. When my baby falls down and get hurt with out feeling bad about it, now I will be dam to see my baby get hurt like this by a scumbag and don’t do anything about it. RIP little angel 😦

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  5. ana. I think that’s why this Trench calls them a “birth organism”. A PARENT would stand between their child and a speeding train.

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  6. ana. I think that’s why this Trench calls them a “birth organism”. A PARENT would stand between their child and a speeding train.

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  7. I think I did a doubletake on the baby’s name. Imanai is Japanese for “not now.” This story is so unfortunate. I’m trying to wrap my head around KNOWING a child is being abused and not immediately taking steps to report it and stop it. I don’t understand.

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  8. I think I did a doubletake on the baby’s name. Imanai is Japanese for “not now.” This story is so unfortunate. I’m trying to wrap my head around KNOWING a child is being abused and not immediately taking steps to report it and stop it. I don’t understand.

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  9. We’re seeing more and more of these stories where a child is harmed and bystanders do nothing. There was the case in California where a bunch of people stood by and watched a father stomp his toddler son to death and did nothing but shout at the killer. Wouldn’t you have run the P.O.S over with your car, put your own body between him and the baby ANYTHING to save that child? Then there were the two toddlers left in a locked car in a parking garage in South Carolina who died from heat exposure. Plenty of people walked by that car and did nothing. Now this story of a daycare provider, charged with protecting and caring for a child, who knew she was being abused and did nothing about it but cover her own ass.

    What real parent could stand by and watch something like this happen without speaking up? Sure, no one wants to interfere and accuse someone of something they’re not doing, but at some point we ALL have to start speaking up.

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  10. We’re seeing more and more of these stories where a child is harmed and bystanders do nothing. There was the case in California where a bunch of people stood by and watched a father stomp his toddler son to death and did nothing but shout at the killer. Wouldn’t you have run the P.O.S over with your car, put your own body between him and the baby ANYTHING to save that child? Then there were the two toddlers left in a locked car in a parking garage in South Carolina who died from heat exposure. Plenty of people walked by that car and did nothing. Now this story of a daycare provider, charged with protecting and caring for a child, who knew she was being abused and did nothing about it but cover her own ass.

    What real parent could stand by and watch something like this happen without speaking up? Sure, no one wants to interfere and accuse someone of something they’re not doing, but at some point we ALL have to start speaking up.

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  11. Am I wrong or is not law that if abuse is suspected you HAVE to report it to the authorities? I work in the medical field and I know thats how it is for us, so shouldn’t day care workers be held to that same accountability?? These stories just make me sick. If you don’t want kids, DON’T HAVE SEX!! Plain and simple. Go get you a BOB or something… All these parents that abuse, or stand by and do nothing while their child is being abused need to be punished at the fullest. No special treatment in prison to keep them safe, let them out in general population, and better yet, make them wear a sign around their neck stating why they are in there!

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  12. Am I wrong or is not law that if abuse is suspected you HAVE to report it to the authorities? I work in the medical field and I know thats how it is for us, so shouldn’t day care workers be held to that same accountability?? These stories just make me sick. If you don’t want kids, DON’T HAVE SEX!! Plain and simple. Go get you a BOB or something… All these parents that abuse, or stand by and do nothing while their child is being abused need to be punished at the fullest. No special treatment in prison to keep them safe, let them out in general population, and better yet, make them wear a sign around their neck stating why they are in there!

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  13. I think that all the people in the world like these should suffer the same fate that they are doing to these children. I have a 4 year old son, and a 4 month old daughter. My daughter has a terminal illness, which we have no way of knowing how long she will live. There are so many people in the world who cant have kids, or who have to suffer through such unfortunate curcumstances, like my own, and then you have such sick people like this in the world who dont deserve the honor of having children. These people are all a waiste of space and life, the mother and daycare worker included. And they dont even deserve the time it would take to beat them like this poor little baby was beaten.

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  14. I think that all the people in the world like these should suffer the same fate that they are doing to these children. I have a 4 year old son, and a 4 month old daughter. My daughter has a terminal illness, which we have no way of knowing how long she will live. There are so many people in the world who cant have kids, or who have to suffer through such unfortunate curcumstances, like my own, and then you have such sick people like this in the world who dont deserve the honor of having children. These people are all a waiste of space and life, the mother and daycare worker included. And they dont even deserve the time it would take to beat them like this poor little baby was beaten.

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  15. You know what makes me so angry when I hear stories like this??? The system wastes time and money on people who don’t deserve it and let the ones who need to be focused on get by with it!!!! My friends have a foster child that they have had since she was 2 days old…Now the “system” is giving the baby back to the FBO…They have had her for just over a year and have adopted 2 of this same FBO’s other children…The baby comes home from required visits fromthe egg donor with bruises and cuts on her face and hands…There are other things as well…Unexplainable things…The “system” says that she is a good mother now and can take care of this defenseless baby by herself…She couldn’t even come to the MBT meetings half of the time and hasn’t been to alot of her drug test…Yeah I believe she is gonna be a perfect mom now!!! (NOT!!!!) Sorry, got off the subject of this poor baby…it just makes me so angry!! And, I am afraid that some day one of your articles may be about my friends foster baby!! This is a very sad world!!!

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  16. You know what makes me so angry when I hear stories like this??? The system wastes time and money on people who don’t deserve it and let the ones who need to be focused on get by with it!!!! My friends have a foster child that they have had since she was 2 days old…Now the “system” is giving the baby back to the FBO…They have had her for just over a year and have adopted 2 of this same FBO’s other children…The baby comes home from required visits fromthe egg donor with bruises and cuts on her face and hands…There are other things as well…Unexplainable things…The “system” says that she is a good mother now and can take care of this defenseless baby by herself…She couldn’t even come to the MBT meetings half of the time and hasn’t been to alot of her drug test…Yeah I believe she is gonna be a perfect mom now!!! (NOT!!!!) Sorry, got off the subject of this poor baby…it just makes me so angry!! And, I am afraid that some day one of your articles may be about my friends foster baby!! This is a very sad world!!!

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  17. Samantha, I have a solution for your friend, and it’s one that my own adoptive parents used about 40 years ago – cash and an attorney. My FBO literally dumped my brother and I on our paternal grandparents’ front lawn and split, then decided a year later — after they’d been taking care of us all that time — that she wanted us back from our grandparents. Even then, the system was in her favor.

    My grandparents found a smart attorney who put together a legal agreement for her to give up all parental rights to us. There was a discrete cash exchange — an “endowment” rather than a “payment” — and 40 years later I have never heard from FBO again, thankfully, other than to learn of her death several years ago. I can tell you this story because all the people involved in that deal are dead, except for my brother and me.

    I’m sure the FBO in your friend’s case would be receptive to some “educational assistance” or “mortgage aid” or “personal growth assistance.” The key is to find a smart, sympathetic lawyer. I wish them much luck, and God bless them for opening their hearts to children who need them!

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  18. Samantha, I have a solution for your friend, and it’s one that my own adoptive parents used about 40 years ago – cash and an attorney. My FBO literally dumped my brother and I on our paternal grandparents’ front lawn and split, then decided a year later — after they’d been taking care of us all that time — that she wanted us back from our grandparents. Even then, the system was in her favor.

    My grandparents found a smart attorney who put together a legal agreement for her to give up all parental rights to us. There was a discrete cash exchange — an “endowment” rather than a “payment” — and 40 years later I have never heard from FBO again, thankfully, other than to learn of her death several years ago. I can tell you this story because all the people involved in that deal are dead, except for my brother and me.

    I’m sure the FBO in your friend’s case would be receptive to some “educational assistance” or “mortgage aid” or “personal growth assistance.” The key is to find a smart, sympathetic lawyer. I wish them much luck, and God bless them for opening their hearts to children who need them!

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  19. Thank you Ihavekidstoo! I will pass this info on too my friends…They went to court yesterday and the judge did give custody back to the FBO…I cannot understand what this world is coming to…VERY SAD!!!

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  20. Thank you Ihavekidstoo! I will pass this info on too my friends…They went to court yesterday and the judge did give custody back to the FBO…I cannot understand what this world is coming to…VERY SAD!!!

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  21. Brent, I agree. Sorry my post is missing some of the words I wanted to write (head was working faster than hands). Plus I was looking at my child and my eyes were with tears.

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  22. Brent, I agree. Sorry my post is missing some of the words I wanted to write (head was working faster than hands). Plus I was looking at my child and my eyes were with tears.

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  23. I really need to stop reading this website. I only found it today (March 12, 2009) and I can’t seem to look away.

    I hate seeing children abused. I go between wanting to find the abuser/child-murderer and killing them in the most excruciating way imaginable (which is very un-Christian of me), to wanting to go hold my 15 month old son tightly and not let anyone but his close relatives near him. And never let go of him. Ever. And claw the eyes out of anyone who looks at him with meanness in their eyes.

    Which would make going to work every day a little hard, lol. And might give my son a complex. πŸ˜‰ And would probably get me put in jail for violence against people who glared at him when he was getting fussy in a restaurant, lol.

    Again, I need to stop reading this website. Ok, and news reports of violence against children, in general.

    Trench, I have no idea how you can do this day-in/day-out. This just has to make you physically ill.

    I almost threw up when I read a few months ago about some woman who put her baby in the microwave and killed it because her boyfriend didn’t think the baby was his!!!! I stupidly read that at work and had a hard time keeping my crying silent. [I’m female: I’m allowed to cry.]

    Anyway, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m really wishing I had never found your site. 😦

    How can anyone harm a child? How do they do it?

    I see a bunch of readers here who take a dim view of religion because of the worst examples of “religious people” are being put on display by these crimes against children.

    Well, I’m a Christian. From everything the Bible says about Jesus, I know he loves little children, and that he takes the abuse of little children VERY SERIOUSLY.

    Not all people who claim they are Christians are really trying to follow Christ. Granted, being a Christian doesn’t mean you’ll never sin again… it means you’re forgiven for your sins, and you have help available (if you’ll ask for it and give God the reins in your life) to greatly reduce your sinning. But still, those who claim to be Christians and yet can be so cruel to children… I’d be hard pressed to be convinced of their claim of following Christ.

    Ok, sorry, I got onto my Jesus podium.

    But point being… holy &(^%!!! I can’t understand how people can do these things to children. I can’t understand it. I have a hard time letting my son cry when he’s just mad that I’m making him do something for his own good, like stay in his “safe” playpen while I run to the bathroom!

    Jessica, I am so sorry about your 4 month old daughter. 😦 If she is still with you, she would be 7 months now. I hope God is prooving the doctors wrong and healing her. I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, and God decided to stump the doctors with my survival, as well. I don’t want to get your hopes up, because God may want to take your daughter home to live with Him. But just know that God’s opinion on someone’s health always trumps the doctor’s opinions.

    And everyone else, what is a FBO??

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  24. I really need to stop reading this website. I only found it today (March 12, 2009) and I can’t seem to look away.

    I hate seeing children abused. I go between wanting to find the abuser/child-murderer and killing them in the most excruciating way imaginable (which is very un-Christian of me), to wanting to go hold my 15 month old son tightly and not let anyone but his close relatives near him. And never let go of him. Ever. And claw the eyes out of anyone who looks at him with meanness in their eyes.

    Which would make going to work every day a little hard, lol. And might give my son a complex. πŸ˜‰ And would probably get me put in jail for violence against people who glared at him when he was getting fussy in a restaurant, lol.

    Again, I need to stop reading this website. Ok, and news reports of violence against children, in general.

    Trench, I have no idea how you can do this day-in/day-out. This just has to make you physically ill.

    I almost threw up when I read a few months ago about some woman who put her baby in the microwave and killed it because her boyfriend didn’t think the baby was his!!!! I stupidly read that at work and had a hard time keeping my crying silent. [I’m female: I’m allowed to cry.]

    Anyway, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m really wishing I had never found your site. 😦

    How can anyone harm a child? How do they do it?

    I see a bunch of readers here who take a dim view of religion because of the worst examples of “religious people” are being put on display by these crimes against children.

    Well, I’m a Christian. From everything the Bible says about Jesus, I know he loves little children, and that he takes the abuse of little children VERY SERIOUSLY.

    Not all people who claim they are Christians are really trying to follow Christ. Granted, being a Christian doesn’t mean you’ll never sin again… it means you’re forgiven for your sins, and you have help available (if you’ll ask for it and give God the reins in your life) to greatly reduce your sinning. But still, those who claim to be Christians and yet can be so cruel to children… I’d be hard pressed to be convinced of their claim of following Christ.

    Ok, sorry, I got onto my Jesus podium.

    But point being… holy &(^%!!! I can’t understand how people can do these things to children. I can’t understand it. I have a hard time letting my son cry when he’s just mad that I’m making him do something for his own good, like stay in his “safe” playpen while I run to the bathroom!

    Jessica, I am so sorry about your 4 month old daughter. 😦 If she is still with you, she would be 7 months now. I hope God is prooving the doctors wrong and healing her. I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, and God decided to stump the doctors with my survival, as well. I don’t want to get your hopes up, because God may want to take your daughter home to live with Him. But just know that God’s opinion on someone’s health always trumps the doctor’s opinions.

    And everyone else, what is a FBO??

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  25. Cherron Patterson is AN EXTREMELY UGLY BLOATED BITCH. PERIOD. I hope that vile fat whore so-called mom and her sadistic stupid penis named Anthony Weakfall get killed by their inmates cuz even inmates hate child abusers and baby killers! R.I.P. Imani Jennings, may God take care of your soul.

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  26. Cherron Patterson is AN EXTREMELY UGLY BLOATED BITCH. PERIOD. I hope that vile fat whore so-called mom and her sadistic stupid penis named Anthony Weakfall get killed by their inmates cuz even inmates hate child abusers and baby killers! R.I.P. Imani Jennings, may God take care of your soul.

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  27. sfdude, Weakfall is a juvenile. Unless he’s charged as an adult, that probably won’t happen. [Well, I don’t know what life is like in juvenile prisons…]

    But I totally understand your anger. Heh… if I haven’t already made that very apparent from my post above.

    I hope Cherron has the baby first, and the baby is safely removed from her presence, before anything bad can happen to Cherron from an inmate or whatever. The unborn baby doesn’t deserve to be yet another casualty.

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  28. sfdude, Weakfall is a juvenile. Unless he’s charged as an adult, that probably won’t happen. [Well, I don’t know what life is like in juvenile prisons…]

    But I totally understand your anger. Heh… if I haven’t already made that very apparent from my post above.

    I hope Cherron has the baby first, and the baby is safely removed from her presence, before anything bad can happen to Cherron from an inmate or whatever. The unborn baby doesn’t deserve to be yet another casualty.

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  29. SithSnoopy, FBO stands for “female birth organism.” It’s one of the very apt phrases Trench uses to describe someone who’s managed to procreate but is by no stretch of the imagination a “parent.” You’ll also see him refer to them as “breeders.”

    I agree with you that reading this site can be very upsetting. I keep coming back, though, because I find it reassuring to see the number of people out there in the world who think like you and I do – that there is never an excuse to harm or abuse children. It may be hard to believe sometimes, but there really are a lot more of US, trying to do right by our kids, raise them well and love them, than there are people like Imani’s FBO and step-breeder. Sites like this are an opportunity for us to “meet” each other, share our righteous indignation about these horror stories, and reinforce our own commitment to take kind, good and loving care of our own children.

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  30. SithSnoopy, FBO stands for “female birth organism.” It’s one of the very apt phrases Trench uses to describe someone who’s managed to procreate but is by no stretch of the imagination a “parent.” You’ll also see him refer to them as “breeders.”

    I agree with you that reading this site can be very upsetting. I keep coming back, though, because I find it reassuring to see the number of people out there in the world who think like you and I do – that there is never an excuse to harm or abuse children. It may be hard to believe sometimes, but there really are a lot more of US, trying to do right by our kids, raise them well and love them, than there are people like Imani’s FBO and step-breeder. Sites like this are an opportunity for us to “meet” each other, share our righteous indignation about these horror stories, and reinforce our own commitment to take kind, good and loving care of our own children.

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  31. Thanks, Ihavekidsto. [Re: definition of FBO] πŸ™‚

    This does reinforce good parents committment to be good parents. But I think a better thing to be reading would be a website with examples of good parenting, or heroic examples of saving children.

    The evil people do needs to be exposed and shown for what it is. But I’m not sure it’s healthy to only be focusing in on the evils in the world.

    I need to find a website the exposes the good. Balance things out.

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  32. Thanks, Ihavekidsto. [Re: definition of FBO] πŸ™‚

    This does reinforce good parents committment to be good parents. But I think a better thing to be reading would be a website with examples of good parenting, or heroic examples of saving children.

    The evil people do needs to be exposed and shown for what it is. But I’m not sure it’s healthy to only be focusing in on the evils in the world.

    I need to find a website the exposes the good. Balance things out.

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  33. I see, SithSnoopy. Well then, Weakfall should be put into a detention center or juvenile hall instead. No children should ever have to live like that!

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  34. I see, SithSnoopy. Well then, Weakfall should be put into a detention center or juvenile hall instead. No children should ever have to live like that!

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  35. wow i jus cant believe this! its so sad and the mother and abuser should suffer also. they will get theres in prison trust me sum1 will find out why they are there and karma will get them. i have 4 kids and dnt understand how sum1 could do this! i would do ANYTHING to save mine from harm! r.i.p. to the beautiful little angel! may u rest in peace!

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  36. That is why teenage pregnancy should be prevented.Teenage parents are often terrible parents.

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