Prosecutor: Brooklyn Boy Beaten To Death Over Spelling Assignment

March 3, 2015  |  

Last week, we told you about 4-year-old Ethan Ali, who was found dead in his mother’s Brooklyn apartment. The boy’s aunt, who confessed to beating him prior to his death, has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other charges relating to the incident, CBS Brooklyn reports.

According to police documents, Dale, who was babysitting the boy on the day he passed, told investigators that Ali was having trouble spelling and refused to complete an assignment on the Tuesday before his death. Dale told investigators that the following day, she struck him repeatedly with a belt.

After conducting an autopsy, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Ali’s death a homicide. Sadly, they found bruises on his body, including his back and head. He also suffered internal bleeding after being hit with a belt buckle.

“This could only be described as being the result of excessive discipline with horrific unintended results, Dale’s attorney Michael Gold told NBC New York.

Dale was arraigned on Friday.

“I want justice,” said Ali’s great-aunt Jennifer Evans. “He doesn’t deserve that. He’s only a child.”

“She’s evil,” said the boy’s great uncle Devon Evans. “Very evil.”

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