ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The mother of a child who was beaten to death, and her boyfriend now face criminal charges in the case. According to the St. Louis Medical Examiner three-year old Dashon Haskin died of a lacerated liver within hours of the beating.
Saturday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce issued counts of second degree murder, child abuse and armed criminal action against 25-year old Hershell Kirkman of the 5600 hundred block of Kingbury in the Central West End. He lived at Kingsbury Terrace, a St. Louis Housing Authority apartment building for low income and disabled residents.
Dashon Haskin`s mother, Ericka Haskin was in the apartment at the time of the attack Wednesday or Thursday, but failed to call for medical help after the child`s injuries became obvious. She was charged with child endangerment.
Court documents indicate Kirkman admitted to repeatedly striking the child with his fist. The case will be presented to a grand jury.
An uncle of the victim told FOX2 News the family is heartbroken over the child`s death. He said his sister has an infant daughter who was taken into protective custody.
Ericka Haskin is being held on $300,000 cash only bond. Kirkman`s cash only bond was set at half a million dollars.
As of Saturday night, funeral arrangements had not been completed.
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