SMH @ This young sick swirl love:
Two young parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and abuse of one of their children.
Prosecutors say 22-year old Antonio Brandon abused his two-month-old twin sons-killing one and injuring the other. Investigators say the boys had been abused for about a week.
Their mother, 18-year old Nicole Roberts, is accused of allowing the abuse to go on because she didn’t want her boyfriend to leave her.
Cayden Brandon died Monday after being rushed to the hospital from a Westland mobile home. An autopsy shows he died from asphyxia and blunt force trauma to the chest.
The father admitted to police that he abused the little boy. Westland Police Sgt. Todd Adams told the court, “He placed his hand over Cayden’s mouth for 10 to 20 seconds. He also admitted that he squeezed Cayden’s body tightly to his and also beat on his chest with a closed fist, all in an effort to stop Cayden from crying.”
Roberts knew the abuse went on for a week before Cayden died. “She peeked into the living room, and saw the defendant Brandon striking Cayden with an open hand three times in the abdomen,” Adams testified. “She went back to her room and ignored the beating, as she was afraid to cause a conflict with him.”
Police say Brandon also hurt Cayden’s twin brother Cameron. “He swung Cameron upside down by his legs within the last couple of weeks, which he believed caused the fractured femur. And also squeezed Cameron’s body tightly to his, causing the fractured ribs.”
Cameron is now in protective care.
Not guilty pleas were entered for both defendants.
As they were being led from the courtroom, Roberts’ mother yelled out at her daughter, “I hate you, Nicole.”
People who know the couple are still trying to understand what happened. “I’ve spent a lot of time with both of them and the babies. And I couldn’t see it happening,” the twins’ Godmother Sarah Eaton said.
As Roberts’ best friend, she said she could never imagine this happening to the boys. “Nicki, I’m very, very hurt that you did this to the babies, and I don’t know if I can ever forgive you for this,” she said between sobs.
If Roberts and Brandon are convicted, they could face life in prison without parole.
Each is being held on a $1 million bond.
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