By// Mariah Craddick
Las Vegas police claim 7-year-old Roderick “RJ” Arrington Jr. was beaten to death by his mother and stepfather after lying about reading the Bible and not doing his homework, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
The boy was admitted to a hospital on Nov. 29 because he was unresponsive. According to the police report, officers observed severe bruising and massive brain swelling. He died the next afternoon.
Arrington’s mother, Dina Palmer, and stepfather, Markiece Palmer were arrested and charged with murder. According to police, the mother “stood by and let her husband” shake and beat the child to death.
Markeice Palmer did admit to police that he had hit Arrington on multiple occasions using different items, such as a belt, a spatula, and even a wooden paddle. While Dina Palmer initially denied any participation in the beatings, her husband claims she was present for each one.
According to KSNV, the Palmers called a pastor before calling the police after finding the boy unresponsive.
The couple appeared in court Tuesday and each face charges of murder, child abuse, and neglect.