Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office reported that Lisa Smith, 19, and Keiff King, 26, of Willow Grove, Abington Township, were arrested for the murder of four year old, Tahjir Smith. The child has spilled his cereal and the couple repeatedly beat the child to death by several hits to the head and torso.
Around 6 p.m., Abington Township Police responded to the emergency call. When the paramedics arrived at the home on Lukens Avenue, the toddler was unresponsive. Tahjir was then pronounced dead after being transported to Abington Memorial Hospital.
An autopsy was performed by Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Hood along with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. In addition to the injury’s sustained to Tahjir in todays incident, there was evidence of previous fractures to the boys ribs.
“This senseless death of a 4-year-old boy at the hands of the very adults who are supposed to care for him and keep him safe is a horrible tragedy,” said Steele. “This is the face of domestic violence—a preschooler was beaten until he stopped breathing because he spilled his cereal. We have charged the mother and her boyfriend and will be the voice for justice for Tahjir.
Bail was set for $500,000 which both defendents fail to post and will remain in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
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