Roderick ‘RJ’ Arrington Jr., was admitted to a hospital on Nov 29. Hospital personnel said the boy was unresponsive at the time. They noticed severe bruising and brain swelling. RJ died the next day.
The boy’s mother, Dina Palmer, 27, and stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, were arrested and charged with the boy’s murder. According to investigators, Mrs. Palmer “stood by and let her husband” beat the boy to the death.
According to KLAS, the report showed “open abrasions on [Arrington’s] buttock, severe bruising to his thighs, marks and bruises on his back and shoulders and evidence of previous beatings.”
Mr. Palmer said he spanked RJ on Nov 27 for lying about reading the Bible. He admitted to spanking the boy the next day for not finishing his homework, according to police.
Police say that Mr. Palmer beat the boy with a spatula, belt and possibly a wooden paddle. Mrs. Palmer allegedly hit her son with a belt and her hand.
The couple called a pastor before dialing 911. According to KSN, Pastor Holingsworth was shocked that Markiece Palmer called him before emergency personnel.
The Palmers each face charges of murder, child abuse and neglect.