9-Year-Old Beats 14-Month-Old Baby To Death In Room They Share

Tue, September 4, 2012 12:29pm EDT by 8 Comments
Taquan Willis dead
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A 9-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly beat 14-month-old Taquan Willis to death in his own bedroom. The two are believed to be related — read on for more of the shocking details.

14-month-old Taquan Willis was found beaten to death in his mother Ashley Johnson‘s house in Cahokia, Ill., and a 9-year-old boy, who is believed to be a relative, has been charged with first-degree murder. The toddler had been sleeping in his bedroom with his alleged attacker.

After one of the adults at the house heard groaning from the bedroom, they checked on Taquan and discovered his lifeless body. He was rushed to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Relatives say the toddler was staying at the house with his two brothers, ages two and three, a friend of his mother’s along with her boyfriend, and a 12-year-old boy and the 9-year-old boy accused of the crime, according to the Daily Mail.

On Sept. 4, the suspect was charged with murder in juvenile court.

“I loved his smile and the way he poked his lips out to give me a kiss,” Taquan’s father, Todd A. Willis Jr, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about his son after Taquan’s funeral on Sept. 1.

“He was just a happy baby,” his mom Ashley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He would bring a lot of joy to you. He smiled and danced.”

What a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Taquan’s family during this difficult time.

– Christina Stiehl

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carly

Posted at 10:56 PM on September 5, 2012  

horrible !!!

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suzie

Posted at 12:09 AM on February 3, 2013  

i agree

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Bluieez Ora J4

Posted at 4:13 PM on September 4, 2012  

people gotta starting to keep Little KIDS away from New Bron baby or a 14 Month old baby Cause U may never know what can happen to your baby, and WHY WAS the 9 year old boy was in the Room with The 14 mONTH OLD BABY? and it sounds like there could be more to the stroy about the 9 year old Kid to what Call him to Kill a 14 month old baby

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Prissy

Posted at 3:32 PM on September 4, 2012  

Second Time Something Like This Happens That 10 year Old girl that Poisoned the 3 month old and then suffocated her…

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ldsaecp

Posted at 1:34 PM on September 4, 2012  

Sounds to me there is something wrong with the Nine year kid. Don’t understand why he is angry with his sibling. There something more to this story. Why would he beat his 14 month old sibling. There is something going on with him. This so sad. My hearts and prayers goes to the family.

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Razan

Posted at 4:27 PM on September 4, 2012  

i think it’s more, why wasn’t there an adult in the house. You can’t just leave kids unsupervised, it’s not safe in any way. Kids hit and beat each other when provoked, but this baby is just too small and young and died. Violence in tv also plays a role in kids’ actions, because they’re desensitized to the consequence of violence and beating. Maybe he didn’t actually think the baby would die, who knows? The parents are responsible overall, and I can’t believe their comments were that unremorseful.

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ldsaecp

Posted at 4:36 PM on September 4, 2012  

I totally agree with you.

 
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Shelly

Posted at 1:24 PM on September 4, 2012  

This is a tragedy. Why would a child beat a baby to death? Unbelievable.

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