A little boy passed away on Friday after his mother’s girlfriend allegedly brutally beat him for simply drinking from a milk jug.
News 6 reports Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel, 3, was taken to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando on Friday afternoon with blunt force trauma. According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office police report, he was found unconscious in an apartment at the Pine Hills complex on Silver Star Road.
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Mokarzel’s girlfriend’s mother, Callene Barton, is accused of getting upset and screaming at Xavier after he drank from a milk jug and ate some yogurt. Mokarzel said the yelling woke her up, and as she went to find her son in the apartment, she witnessed her girlfriend, Lakesha Lewis, striking the little boy with a plastic rod from windows blind. Mokarzel told police she picked her son up and took him to his bedroom, but Barton yanked him away and threw him down the apartment hallway.
Xavier fell on his fell on his head, causing his neck to twist. He began shaking severely, as if he was having a seizure. Mokarzel called for help and the little boy was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Medical professionals stated that when they arrived to the apartment, Xavier was barely breathing.
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Barton and Lewis were both arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Mokarzel was also arrested and charged with child neglect. Her other child, a 4-year-old, was taken from the home and placed into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Mozarkel is currently out on bail while Barton and Lewis remain behind bars without bond.
Orlando Sentinel reports that Xavier’s father, Jaquan Satchel, who lives in Spokane, Washington, said that he hadn’t seen his son in at least two years. He said he dated Mokarzel for several years, but after they broke up, she took Xavier and moved away. Satchel said he had numerous custody battles over the boy with Mokarzel; he was in the process of saving money to go after full custody.
“The kid was a ball of sunshine,” Satchel said. “Everyday was amazing. I got the joke and laugh with him.”
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