A 33-year-old man identified as Montreal has been taken into custody and charged with a range of offenses, including murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in catastrophic injury, aggravated battery, and battery resulting in death to a person less than 14 years old.
The charges stem from the alleged killing of his 4-year-old cousin, Jolly. Police received a 911 call reporting a 4-year-old boy having a seizure, leading first responders to find the victim unconscious. Despite no visible signs of injury, the child was unresponsive.
Subsequent investigations revealed blood on the bathroom counter and sink, damage to the bathroom door, and multiple bloodstains on walls in various bedrooms. The severely injured child was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined non-accidental trauma and confirmed the child never regained consciousness. Unfortunately, the 4-year-old succumbed to blunt force injuries to his head.
According to police officials, Montreal claimed he was disciplining the child for putting his shoes on the wrong feet by making him do wall sits. The suspect became more agitated when the child opted to sit on the toilet rather than standing, resulting in further discipline.
The boy’s mother, Jasontina, acknowledged being aware of the discipline and attributed it to the child’s footwear mishap. Montrel potentially faces a sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors assert that Montrel’s statements fail to account for the extensive injuries identified by doctors before the child’s death, including patterned bruising, hemorrhaging, severe brain injury, torn upper lip frenulum, bruising on arms, suspected internal injuries, and bruising on the back and buttock.