Two Atlanta sisters were indicted on felony murder charges after police said they beat a 3-year-old boy to death with a baseball bat.
According to court documents, LaShirley Morris started to beat Kejuan Mason with a baseball bat after he ate a cupcake without her permission on Oct. 21. He had injuries on his arms, head, legs, and stomach. Those injuries ultimately killed him.
An autopsy report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner indicates that Mason died from blunt force trauma to his torso area and head.
When she was initially questioned, LaShirley's sister, Glenndria Morris, changed her story several times. She first claimed Mason choked on a cupcake and first responders took too long to get to their apartment.
Later, she said that Mason began choking on a cupcake, but was "fine breathing and talking later," so she put him down for a nap. When she tried to wake up him later, he didn't respond.
Mason and his twin brother were living in Glenndria's apartment under her care after their biological mother was arrested last year for reckless conduct. Records from child services indicate that Geraldine Mason abused her children and had "extreme temper issues."
So when she was released from jail, the two young boys stayed with Glenndria, who was their legal guardian and godmother.
Geraldine Mason was allowed to visit her sons and noticed that they had cuts and bruises. The sisters told police that those injuries were from the boys horsing around, but she didn't believe them.
She asked a Fulton County Judge to remove the children from the home, but the request was denied. Three days later, Kejuan Mason was beaten to death.
Police said that while LaShirley beat him with a bat, Glenndria used her hand to spank him. Both suspects are currently behind bars and face charges of murder, aggravated assault, and cruelty to children.
If convicted, they could face life in prison.
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