Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room

Orlando Williams was allegedly angry after tripping over a laundry basket
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2016 2:40 PM CDT
Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room
Orlando Wiliams   (Allegheny County Police)

An 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed this week because he didn't clean up his room, KDKA reports. JonMarquis Stepich was in the care of his mom's fiancé, Orlando Williams, last Sunday, while his mom was at work. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, JonMarquis was sleeping when Williams, who had been drinking, tried to walk through his room to get to another room. Williams tripped over a laundry basket and woke JonMarquis up to yell at him to clean his room. When JonMarquis didn't start cleaning, police say Williams grabbed the boy and tried to slam him onto the bed. He missed, and JonMarquis ended up on the floor.

Police say Williams told JonMarquis to get up three times, but the boy was "unresponsive." He allegedly carried the boy downstairs and put him in a chair. Williams and JonMarquis' mom took the boy to the hospital in the morning. Doctors called police because of the seriousness of JonMarquis' injuries, the AP reports. JonMarquis had a herniated brain stem and subdural bleeding. He also had bruising all over his body. JonMarquis was placed on a ventilator in intensive care and died Thursday. On Friday, Williams was charged with homicide, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child. He's being held without bail. (More child abuse stories.)

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