Man Charged With Beating Son, 6, to Death for Not Sleeping

Boy suffered seizure after 8 hours of abuse
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 2:40 PM CDT
Tammyra Sampson says she stopped Alex Duncan's assault on his son only to show him how to "whoop him" properly.   (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff's Office via the Houston Chronicle)
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(Newser) – Alex Duncan forced his 6-year-old son to kneel with his arms raised for 8 hours, "chest boxing" him repeatedly whenever he slipped, until the boy suffered a seizure and died, say Houston police who've charged Duncan with murder. Tekerrious "TK" Jackson's death—witnessed by the father's girlfriend, who stopped the beating only long enough to show Duncan how to "whoop" the child properly— was the culmination of 2 weeks of abuse while TK was visiting his father for the summer.

Duncan told police he caught the boy not sleeping after his 7pm bedtime Saturday, setting off a flood of violence aimed at getting TK to "man up" that ended only when the boy died. “The saddest thing is, that because of the unconditional love he had for his father, the child would often tell him, ‘I love you daddy,’” one cop tells the Chronicle.

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