Authorities say a 3-year-old Florida boy, identified as Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel, was allegedly beaten to death for drinking from a milk carton. Fox 13 Memphis reported that the toddler’s mother, Brandi Mokarzel, had awakened early Friday morning in her Pine Hills apartment after hearing one of her roommates, Calleen Barton, 58, yelling at her son.
A newly released arrest report indicates that Barton became irate after catching Xavier drinking from a milk carton and eating yogurt. That’s when another roommate, Lakesha Lewis, 28, who is believed to be Barton’s daughter, supposedly grabbed a plastic rod and began beating the child until the rod broke.
Xavier’s ostensible beating prompted his mother to intervene and take him to her bedroom, but Barton followed behind and grabbed the toddler by his arm and leg. Officers with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated that Barton proceeded to throw Xavier down the hallway, where he commenced to “shake and seize.”
It was reported that Barton and Lewis tried to revive the Pine Hills toddler by splashing water in his face to no avail.
Emergency medical services were called to the Eagle Landing Apartments on Silver Star Road and found Xavier unresponsive. He was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m.
Barton and Lewis were arrested and charged with first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse. The toddler’s mother was also taken into custody and charged with neglect of a child for not reporting previous abuse. Doctors discovered bruises on Xavier that had already healed, police say.
In 2006, Barton was convicted of child abuse after using a golf club to beat another child at the Coalition For the Homeless in downtown Orlando.
Xavier’s father, Jaquan Satchel, a resident of Spokane, Washington, stated that although he has not seen his son in two years, he is furious after learning that Xavier was beaten to death for drinking from a milk carton and eating yogurt.
He went on to say that he had been saving money for an attorney to get partial custody of his son, but it “wasn’t soon enough.”
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Another child, a 4-year-girl believed to be Lewis’ daughter, was also living in the Pine Hills apartment, but she has since been removed from the home and placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
Barton and Lewis remain at the Orange County Jail without bond. Mokarzel is also in custody on a $2,500 bond.
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