Boxing Lesson From Dad Leaves Boy, 2, Brain Dead

Father faces second-degree murder rap
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 2:25 AM CDT
Lee Willy DeJesus, 23, poses for his mug shot.   (Miami-Dade Police)
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(Newser) – A father who tried to teach his 2-year-old son to box is facing second-degree murder charges now that the boy is brain dead. Police say Miami-area man Lee Willy DeJesus put on boxing gloves and hit his son Willy 15 times over a 15-minute period, at one point slugging him so hard he fell off the bed and struck his head on the floor, CNN reports.

Willy was declared brain dead after he was taken to a local hospital, and police plan to upgrade the charges against DeJesus to first-degree murder if the boy is taken off life support, NBC reports. Police say that after the boy hit his head, Dejesus waited an hour to call 911 and initially told investigators that the bruises had been inflicted by a babysitter.

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