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    IL - Lee Crutchfield accused of beating 6yo Ryon Smith to death

    Two arrested in death of boy

    When authorities answered a call Sunday evening about a little boy being unresponsive, they found no sign of holiday joy or cheer inside the drab, run-down duplex.

    No Christmas tree. No presents. Only the bruised, lifeless body of 6-year-old Ryan Smith on a bedroom floor.

    An autopsy on Monday disclosed that Ryan had been beaten, probably with hands and fists.

    "The autopsy showed, from the bruises on his body, that there had been a long period of abuse," said St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone. "There were old injuries and obviously new injuries.

    "That boy had been beaten like a dog."

    ...Cahokia Police Capt. Norman Venable said he did not know if both adults took part in the beating or why the boy was beaten. "I know what they're (the suspects) saying, but I don't believe them.

    "I know that the beating was terrible."


    More: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...D?OpenDocument



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    Venable said Ryan had not been attending school or registered in any school. The identity or whereabouts of Ryan's father is unknown, he said.

    The gray frame duplex, just down the road from St. Louis Downtown Airport and Parks College, sits across from a cornfield and railroad tracks. Three small American flags decorate the front porch amid empty trash cans, large paint buckets, a couple of garbage bags full of soda cans, an old dentist's chair and a rusty barbecue grill. Discarded furniture and appliances litter the backyard.
    Can we think of a way to sneak someone into the jail? I will supply a big bag of oranges for them to take with them!
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    OMG! That poor boy. The "unharmed" 20 month old brother? Guess Ryan caught all the anger and frustration. Both adults unemployed. God Bless that poor boy. Thank God the younger one is out of their hands. Want to bet that drugs and alcohol are involved? Doesn't matter, there is no reason for this.

    I am suprised that emergency services was even called.


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    This poor little boy. My heart just breaks for him, thinking of all the pain he went through, and at the hands of the ones who were supposed to love and protect him.


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    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.


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    Let's get the matches ready!

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    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.
    "People" like this should not be allowed to breath the air on this planet! They are so cold and inhuman. Why do these things happen?


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    Quote Originally Posted by nanandjim
    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.
    Yes, they are scum!!!!! I would like to beat them like they beat this poor baby. My blood is boiling.

    God Bless little Ryan's soul.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nanandjim
    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.
    My sentiments exactly.
    I bet the younger child was his and that is why the older boy was beaten.
    I wish everytime an adult hit a child they felt the pain themselves.
    This is just horrendous. It makes me sick to my stomache.
    I felt bad every time I ever punished my kids, even if it was just not letting them have tv. This guy is scum.
    And I want to know how the little boys neighbors and teachers did not know anything was going on!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PrayersForMaura
    Two arrested in death of boy

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    This just completely breaks my heart. I can't even begin to understand what this poor child went through...and to not even know Christmas. God Bless his soul.

    This story just truly affected me...poor angel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasgirl
    This just completely breaks my heart. I can't even begin to understand what this poor child went through...and to not even know Christmas. God Bless his soul.

    This story just truly affected me...poor angel.
    I feel your post. It truly affected me too. I read in one story that there was no Christmas tree, no presents.... nothing. This poor boy had nothing for Chistmas but pure hell and probably fear. His present was no food, no love, no tree, nothing but getting the ***** beat out of him until his last breath.

    It's unfortunate that at 6 years old, he is in a better place now than he's ever been.
    And knowing this while only imagining what the poor boy has been through these past six months living with this evil, poor excuse for a man just makes me weep for him while wanting to get my hands around that creep's throat.

    What a poor excuse for a man, to pick on a 6 year old child!
    He can't even be a real man and fight someone his own size. No, he can't hold down a job, can't be a man, can't earn a living, can't even compare to the 6 year old who was a better person than he was. So he had to take all his self-pity out on a defenseless little boy who couldn't fight back.

    Well, in prison, the big boys will find this little wimp and teach him a lesson.
    I'm mad now, can't help it. This really pi**es me off.

    Sorry, didn't mean to go off on a tangent... grrrr.
    Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.


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    Totally understandable, PrayerForMaura. That child deserved so much more in his life than hunger, pain and misery and a sorry excuse for a mother who wouldn't protect him.


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    There is more to this story. It has to do with core feelings. And if you are vulnerable to abuse.These children were subjected to the worst abuse, they were objectifyed and died because of this. We all know abusive people.We just need to step up to the plate. Don't be shy now.


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    May the Lord bless him
    May the Lord shine his eyes upon him
    and may Lord keep this poor child enfolded in his Love.
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    I keep thinking about him too. And how most kids can't WAIT to get home from school, can't WAIT for Christmas, they mope if they don't get a "snow day" when it's cold, they race to open their Christmas stockings for the special meaningful little trinkets. Kids who are raised with love and care.

    I keep thinking about this boy lying on his bedroom floor beaten to death. The silver lining is, maybe there are some people in their community who will look a little closer at kids who might be being abused at home, and there will be some kids who will benefit from that extra watchfulness.

    Prayers for that child. What a horrible, horrible way to die.


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    Mother, boyfriend charged in death

    A Cahokia woman who was charged Tuesday with beating her 6-year-old son to death over Christmas had herself fled from an abusive relationship with a former boyfriend, according to a former neighbor.

    The woman, Starr Lohman, 24, and her current boyfriend, Lee D. Crutchfield, 33, were charged with three counts each of first-degree murder on Tuesday. The multiple counts of murder were issued to cover differing theories on how a crime occurred.

    Authorities said that the couple had severely beaten Lohman's son, Ryan Smith, over a period of months, culminating in a final, fatal beating that began Saturday night.

    After the arraignment, Crutchfield insisted to reporters that he was innocent.

    "I didn't do it, please believe me," he said. "I never meant to harm him. This is outrageous, three counts of first-degree murder."
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    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight


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