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.