GUILTY IL - Cameron Smith, 4, beaten to death, Calumet City, 24 May 2007

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  1. hipmamajen

    hipmamajen I love the friends I have gathered together on thi

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    This just makes me so sad and angry!

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    A man beat his girlfriend's 4-year-old son to death after she left the boy in his care while she was deployed to Iraq, police said.

    Donell Parker, 23, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Cameron Smith. The boy was found dead in his bed Thursday in a suburb south of Chicago.

    Parker told police he beat the boy, but would not say why, said Calumet City police Chief Patrick O'Meara.

    Cameron was punched in the head, stomach and chest, and whipped with a belt from Tuesday to Wednesday evening, O'Meara said. An autopsy found he died of blunt-force trauma to the abdomen and head, O'Meara said.
     
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  3. SieSie

    SieSie Active Member

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    So disgusting! I'm just sickened by all the cases of innocent children being MURDERED by people who were supposed to care for them!! It's bad enough in our world having stranger abductions and pedophiles and serial killers, but these people were SUPPOSED to take care of these kids!!!

    I didn't find a picture, if anyone comes across one, please post a link or the picture, TIA.

    Prayers for the little boy's family, and may Cameron rest in peace, never to be hurt again.
     
  4. angelwngs

    angelwngs New Member

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    They should ship this Parker guy over to Iraq and tie him to a chair in the middle of the street, with a note pinned to him that says, "Here, take me as a hostage...."
     
  5. Kymistry35

    Kymistry35 It's never to late to be who you could have been

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    What a disgusting piece of crap he is!!! How can people do things like this? Why was this little one left with a boyfriend instead of a grandparent, father, etc? Such a tragic loss of life. RIP little guy.
     
  6. Mygirlsadie

    Mygirlsadie New Member

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    Oh God.. that just makes me sick. Why would the mother deploy to Iraq and leave her son with a boyfriend? I mean come on lady?..There is a thing in the Army called a family care plan and if you don't have one then you don't deploy..simple as that.
     
  7. Megs

    Megs New Member

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    Thank you for posting that - I was wondering when I read the article how on earth they would deploy her when the children's father is also in Iraq. I can't imagine leaving 3 children to a 23 yo boyfriend! He obviously was not mature enough to handle it... so sad for that little boy....
     
  8. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    Donell Parker is still being held in the Cook County Jail pre-trial. His next court date is 09/07/2010.

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    Published February 29, 2008

    Donell Parker is a 24 year old man who currently resides in Cook County jail. He is charged with beating Cameron Smith to death last May. The sad thing is that Cameron Smith was only 4 years old.

    Cameron's mother, Lavada Smith, left her children in the care of her boyfriend, Donell Parker, and went to serve her country in Iraq. Smith was part of the National Guard and her unit was deployed in early May. She was in Iraq for 10 days when she had to come home after Donell Parker allegedly murdered her four year old son. The child's father, Gary Smith, is also in the service and is still serving in Iraq.

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    Donell Parker is now caught up in the charming Cook County justice system. This means that it will be at least two years before he sees a trial. The state is going to seek the death penalty on this case, which will upset Amnesty International who will probably go to bat for this guy.

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    Originally, Donell Parker admitted, on tape, to beating the four year old boy. He did not say why he beat him. He had an attorney, Marcos Reyes, who he paid and who then decided to fight the videotaped confession and free his client. Reyes was decrying the system and got his client to plead "not guilty" last summer. Then, when the Chicago attorney didn't get paid and this became a capital murder trial in October, he asked to be dismissed.

    Much more at link:
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/631935/the_donell_parker_case.html?cat=17
     
  9. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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  10. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    Yes, it's him. From the judgement from Donell's appeal.
    November 2015:

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sou...O0dthD_0YcWjKdXPQ&sig2=rGJ7xhkCyASihsszisuGVg

    Horrendous :cry: Rest in Peace, Cameron.
     

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