published Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Chattanooga mother charged in beating death of 4-year-old son

Chattanooga police arrested a 23-year-old mother today in connection with the beating death of her 4-year-old son and abuse of her 3-year-old son.

Patricia Brewer was arrested hours after her boyfriend, Kenneth Dewayne Coleman, 21, was taken into custody. Both have been charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, attempted first-degree murder, and felony murder after the boys were brought to the hospital Monday night.

The 4-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. The 3-year-old has also been admitted into the intensive care unit, where his condition remains critical, Weary said.

Coleman admitted to striking the boys with a belt at 1940 Sherman St. prior to their arrival to the hospital, Weary said.

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meganrael said...

And I used to wonder why my dad said he'd run a background check on a boyfriend if I wanted him to...

This is SO sad. My heart goes out to the boys. I hope the 3-year-old recovers.

December 20, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
ibshame said...

A 15 year old young girl is stabbed to death in a brawl, a four year old baby boy is beaten to death and a 3 year old lies in intensive care as a result of the same beating as the 4 year old by the same person. There are no words in the English Language to describe the horror of these tragic events. Its senseless, mindless killing and beating. Only one word comes to mind: WHY?

December 20, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
gbowman said...

I want to express to the young parents out here, these guys do not love your children. Loving another man’s child comes with age and maturity. If he does not love and take care of his own kids, why do you think he's going to love yours? If he will hit you, he will hit your kids.....It's time for these mothers to wake up and stop leaving these kids with "kids" (boyfriends)that actually couldn't care less about your child. This is happening too much and you are not paying attention! And I agree with Meganrael dad, run background checks, take DNA samples or just leave these abusers at the club where you met them! "Raise your standards Ladies" ~Lydia

December 20, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
gbowman said...

@Ibshame, do you think there is an answer as to why? I can't even phathom an answer. What would a good answer be for beating and killing a 3 and 4 year old. The question that comes to my mind is WHEN? When are they going to Kill Kenneth Dewayne Coleman (21) and all the other males/females/animals/no soul people that are just like him! And I agree....There are NO words!!!

December 20, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
bigguy said...

What a heart-warming story! Thank you for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas Chattanooga!

December 20, 2011 at 12:11 p.m.
ibshame said...

"gbowman said... @Ibshame, do you think there is an answer as to why? I can't even phathom an answer. What would a good answer be for beating and killing a 3 and 4 year old. The question that comes to my mind is WHEN? When are they going to Kill Kenneth Dewayne Coleman (21) and all the other males/females/animals/no soul people that are just like him! And I agree....There are NO words!!! "

You're right of course there is no answer that is acceptable but I still wonder what goes through a person's mind who does something like this? I just can't get my mind around it and only hope and pray to God justice will be served for the victims.

December 20, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
j17davis said...

I don't find this story as any suprise. These parents are young, probably uneducated due to them having children at such a young age and live in a bad part of town, somehow these things correlate to one another.

December 20, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

Yet more trash. Real winner we have here. He should be executed on the spot if this is true. It's time to quit coddling these losers. Instead of putting them in the prison system on the taxpayer dime...

December 20, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.
papergirl77 said...

I can only hope that he will get what's coming to him in prison and we won't have to waste tax dollars keeping him there. Worthless trash should be beaten the same way he did that poor innocent child.... I am all for an eye for an eye when it comes to hurting children. I feel for the poor woman I hope the other child comes out of this ok.

December 20, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Lr103 said...

@j17davis said... I don't find this story as any suprise. These parents are young, probably uneducated due to them having children at such a young age and live in a bad part of town__

For a minute you were on a roll, then you slipped. Children have been abused and killed by their parents whether they are wealthy, middle-classed or poor. What side of town one lives on, or ther size of their bank account has nothing to do with it. Stupid is stupid, and evil is evil. They come all shapes, sizes, colors, economic and social standings. Having a child at a young age is no excuse either. It wasn't all that long ago that it was the norm for people to be starting families as young as 14 and 15 years old.

This senseless tragedy is about being irresponsible. Parents today, that includes mothers or fathers, just don't seem to have that protective maternal or faternal instinct that would risk life and limb to protect their children. Whether the parent is rich or poor, living in a shack or living in a mansion.

There are some things in life that defies humanit and the imagination, this is one of them. So sad!

December 20, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
reallytruly said...

There is not a lot of difference in people that kill kids and animals. Male lions kill other male lion cubs guess that is what we are dealing with in downtown Chattanooga. I assume this guy has rights under the law, hard to believe.

December 20, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

ANOTHER PIECE OF WORTHLESS CRAP! I can only hope he gets the same treatment in prison! Black/white, rich/poor...it doesn't take much of a man to beat up women and children...just trash and cowards!

Poor babies! I pray the 3 yr old makes it...

December 20, 2011 at 3:15 p.m.
potcat said...

First off, this was not a parent that murdered a 4 year old, but a boyfriend!!

Papergirl said, i feel for the poor woman.... you are fricking kidding?

That poor woman should be charged right along with the boyfriend.These idiots that leave their babies with boyfriends and the babies getting killed or hurt is a problem one hears way to often.

December 20, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
blessed1 said...

Who gave this creep life?,because i hope yours is taken just as you took the life of that innocent baby.Mother stop allowing these step creeps to brutilize your children...THEY DONT GIVE A DAMN...

December 20, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
riverman said...

This is the result of almost 50 years of the "Great Society." We now have third generations of single mothers in housing projects on welfare and food stamps producing off-spring with worthless sperm donors. But, hey, it was the greatest vote buying program of all time.

December 20, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.
sage1 said...

ANY man that beats a child or a woman for any reason is a COWARD plain and simple. I know of a few myself.

December 20, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.
sla2010 said...

has anyone not commented on the fact he killed him with a belt!?! to kill someone with a belt it would not be just one strike... this poor child and the sibiling. he needs to dropped in front of a rifle team and shot. people like this do not deserve to live when they are stable loving adults who cannot have a child on their own and who would love to have a child like this! give them up for adopition if your going to be trash! harm yourself and not these innocent babies!

December 20, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.
papergirl77 said...

Hey potcat were you there??? Do you know these people personally?? I read the story and it clearly states they do NOT believe this woman was present when this occurred also have you ever known someone that was beaten by a spouse or significant other that you would have never guessed would have done something like that? Rethink your ignorant and uninformed statement because there is a GOOD possibility this woman had no idea what was happening when she wasn't in the home. You were probably one of those people who had Matthew Palmgren convicted in your mind as well, we all see how that turned out. Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and you were the one people were sitting around judging without knowing the facts.

December 20, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.
istrive4good said...

let the punishment fit the crime

December 20, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
skyboxer said...

Bill Cox if you or anyone else in the DA's office is reading this: The public is going to expect for you to prosecute this as a death penalty case. This is one of the most heinous and depraved acts of violence perpetrated against the most defenseless and vulnerable members of our community in recent memory. Bill, we don't care if the plaintiff or his victims are black, white, rich or poor ... we expect for acts like this to be met with the maximum response to send a clear signal to everyone in our community that you WILL face the ultimate penalty for perpetrating an act like this (i.e. pay for it with your life.)

December 20, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.
JJester said...

Papergirl77. More recent updates of this tragedy include police interview of the mother who stated the boyfriend had beaten her children before this incident. She still chose to leave these two precious boys with a 21 year old "boyfriend". A man with a history of violence, drug use, and theft. She will now have to spend the rest of her life with the consequences of her bad choice in a mate. I pray for the young 3 year old who has liver damage as a result of this tragedy, that he may recover fully and find a loving home.

December 20, 2011 at 5:17 p.m.
potcat said...

The Mother not being present,i think, pretty much says it all. Who leaves their children in the care of an abusive boyfriend.

If you think the Palmgren case has had a conclusive outcome, then you are a fool.

December 20, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

TFP is starting to look like the Knoxville Sentinel

December 20, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.
ceeweed said...

He is a thief, a dope head, and a cowardly child abuser, yet the mama still left these babies with her "boyfriend"...She should have to serve a long sentence with no possibility of parole until she is well beyond her child-bearing years...As for the "boyfriend", fast track to the death chamber!

December 20, 2011 at 5:49 p.m.
papergirl77 said...

jjester, I just saw this on the news and agree this is an AWFUL tragedy. I try hard not to let my emotions get in the way of things and try to go by the facts. I do hope they both pay for what happened to these children and potcat, I am not foolish I just choose to be a bit more sure before accusing someone of something they didn't do as it does happen all the time. I do however retract my earlier statement and hope justice is served for both of these horrible people.

December 20, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.
sangaree said...

Coleman admitted to striking the boys with a belt

Indicative of that southern style discipline widely known and practiced for centuries primarily in the Bible Belt. AKA spare the rod spoil the child syndrome often taken to the extremes. Coleman was likely dsciplining these poor children the only way he knew how. The way he'd been disciplined.

In fact, while visiting friends and relatives for the holidays, I accidently tuned into a local radio station where a preacher was actually condoning the use of physical force when children throw a temper tantrum in public places. Seem he felt, no matter how small or young the child, they should still be taught self control, even by physical means.

December 20, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
potcat said...

Pappergirl, i am sorry for implying you to being a fool. I understand not wanting to rush to judgement. This is a emotional topic and seeing the pictures of the little ones is hard.

December 20, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.
sangaree said...

sla2010 said... give them up for adopition if your going to be trash!


Adopted children are sometimes murdered by their adopted parents too.

Parents accused of killing adopted Ethiopian daughter 'were inspired by religious discipline book that encourages children to be biblically punished'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054099/Parents-accused-killing-adopted-Ethiopian-daughter-inspired-biblical-parenting-book.html#ixzz1hBKJtazB


TENNESSEE ADOPTED MOM SENTENCED TO LIFE IN DEATH OF 4 YR. OLD ADOPTED DAUGHTER

"Former pediatrician Deborah Wen-Yee Mark has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 4-year-old daughter, Kairissa. She received an automatic life sentence. She also was found guilty of four counts of aggravated child abuse and four counts of child abuse and will be sentenced on those charges later"


FLORIDA PARENTS ACCUSED IN SLAYING OF ADOPTED TWIN

"MIAMI -- Prosecutors said Monday they would seek the death penalty for a Miami couple accused in the slaying of their 10-year-old adopted daughter, who was found dead in the back of her father's pickup truck while her brother sat in the front seat badly burned by chemicals."

December 20, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
sangaree said...

skyboxer said... Bill Cox if you or anyone else in the DA's office is reading this: The public is going to expect for you to prosecute this as a death penalty case. This is one of the most heinous and depraved acts of violence perpetrated against the most defenseless and vulnerable members of our community in recent memory. Bill, we don't care if the plaintiff or his victims are black, white, rich or poor ... we expect for acts like this to be met with the maximum response to send a clear signal to everyone in our community that you WILL face the ultimate penalty for perpetrating an act like this (i.e. pay for it with your life.)

Sorry, bup, but the laws just doesn't work that way. Although this crime is heinous and horrific, it still may not meet the standards for the death penalty. We may not like that, and sometimes think the laws are too lenient, but they are there for a reason. To at least protect the innocent(although that has failed more times than not) as well convict the guilty.

December 20, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
JJester said...

Sangaree, I must speak out for adoption. I am an adopted child from a family of multiple adopted children. My husband was adopted also after years in foster care/orphanages. I also have friends who have adopted and been adopted.For every horror story of adopted children being abused and murdered there are hundreds of blessed children who were adopted. Please don't throw us under the bias bus too. There are wonderful options available to parents overwhelmed by children. You do not have to stay in abusive relationships, nor are you excused when you abuse. Just a thought!

December 20, 2011 at 7:49 p.m.
mymy said...

riverman: I understand what you are saying and have given up on this country/society. I am into mourning for us. It’s only a matter of time and we will no longer exist without a miracle which will not come. I feel such pain for those who have to live through it as I will be long gone.

Sad end to a great Once upon a time………story of an exceptional country.

December 20, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
sangaree said...

JJester said... Sangaree, I must speak out for adoption. I am an adopted child from a family of multiple adopted children. My husband was adopted also after years in foster care/orphanages. I also have friends who have adopted and been adopted.For every horror story of adopted children being abused and murdered there are hundreds of blessed children who were adopted.

Good for you, JJester. But your wonderful experience as an adopted child is not the point. Yours is neither the exception nor the rule. Sla2010 was suggesting the children would have been better off being adopted or in foster care. The point I'm making is there's no guarantee that an adopted child or child in foster won't be abused by their adopted or foster parents. Sometimes even more so than if the child had been left with a biological parent, or at least a biological family member. Of course, common sense dictates, my point wasn't all inclusive for every adopted or foster child. To think that is to equally think that all biological parents will abuse their children.

December 20, 2011 at 9:28 p.m.

Distribution of Abuse and Neglect by Family Characteristics:

“Children living with two married biological parents had the lowest rate of overall Harm Standard maltreatment, at 6.8 per 1,000 children. This rate differs significantly from the rates for all other family structure and living arrangement circumstances. Children living with one parent who had an unmarried partner in the household had the highest incidence of Harm Standard maltreatment (57.2 per 1,000). Their rate is more than 8 times greater than the rate for children living with two married biological parents.

“The incidence of Harm Standard maltreatment also is significantly higher for children living with one parent and that parent’s unmarried partner than for children in three other conditions: children living with other married parents (24.4 children per 1,000), those living with two unmarried parents (23.5 children per 1,000), and those living with a single parent with no partner in the household (28.4 children per 1,000). The risk of Harm Standard maltreatment for children whose single parent has an unmarried partner is more than 2 times greater than the risk for children living in these other living arrangements.”

“National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)” (2004-2009) - Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families

December 20, 2011 at 11:20 p.m.
sunflower said...

stop choosing men over your kids, its not worth saying i have a man. she should be charged, i am sure its not the first time he has did this.

December 20, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.

Tragic. Can we accept that, in some ways, we are all responsible? Where were we? What did we not do? What will we do? We were living in isolated enclaves. We need more interaction between demographic groups. It will take a miracle.

December 20, 2011 at 11:41 p.m.
Legend said...

whatswrongwiththeword. Those are reported instances of child abuse and/or neglect. The higher the income and two parent families are less likely to report child or spousal abuse to protect their image and status in the community. That doesn't mean that abuses aren't taking place in two parent households. More poor people are serving time for drug abuse, yet more middle-classed, with two parent families in tact, and ultra middle-classed are more likely to abuse drugs or become addicted.

Police are more likely to make an arrest when they're called to or happen upon a potential case of child abuse and neglect when the household is that of a single parent in a poor community. They are less likely to make an arrest if they are called to or happen upon a same situation and the household is middle-classed, both parents present in the household. Hence, no report, no proof abuse or neglect is taking place.

December 20, 2011 at 11:43 p.m.

Legend said...

Those are reported instances of child abuse and/or neglect. The higher the income and two parent families are less likely to report child or spousal abuse to protect their image and status in the community. That doesn't mean that abuses aren't taking place in two parent households.

Of course they are taking place in higher income and two parent households, but not nearly as much, according to those who deal with it on a frequent basis. Very few abuse cases, no matter the income of the perpetrators, are self-reported. I hope you aren’t suggesting that lower income people are any less concerned with their image and status in the community than those with higher incomes. There is no moral superiority among the poor as it relates to self-reporting of child abuse.

The underlying problem goes deeper than public image or discrimination by law enforcement. Why are police increasingly called on as the first line of recognizing the abuse? The majority of those who first recognize abuse are overwhelmingly the staff of schools, but that percentage is decreasing, as is the percentage of recognition by the general public. (Scroll down in the report.) It would be a stretch to claim that school staff members or others who report abuse cases, in order to maintain the status of upper income two-parent families, willingly turn their backs on children they suspect are being abused.

The problem is that we don’t know or don’t trust our neighbors, so we can’t help them preventively or report them once they do cross the line. It is not a class superiority issue. It is a complicated issue for which most members of society, across socio-economic lines, bear some indirect responsibility.

More poor people are serving time for drug abuse, yet more middle-classed, with two parent families in tact, and ultra middle-classed are more likely to abuse drugs or become addicted.

I’m not sure what constitutes “ultra middle-classed,” but I would like to see the statistics to back up your claim. Your claims may be accurate, or it could simply be conjecture.

Police are more likely to make an arrest when they're called to or happen upon a potential case of child abuse and neglect when the household is that of a single parent in a poor community. They are less likely to make an arrest if they are called to or happen upon a same situation and the household is middle-classed, both parents present in the household. Hence, no report, no proof abuse or neglect is taking place.

I thought you were talking about reports. Now you are talking about arrests. Either way, where are the statistics?

December 21, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.
lilymaysmommy said...

I know Patricia and I worked with her for some time. I just talked to her a couple of weeks ago and asked her how her babies were and she said they were great and looking forward to Christmas. She wasn't home when this particular beating occured and while I never knew her to be anything but a loving mother I believe she knowingly left her kids with a man she knew was hurting them. She did change after she got with this guy. She made the comment that "I guess I'm gonna live a thug life since I'm in love with a thug". She was never like that before. She was so sweet and loved her boys. With that said...A mother should be the very first person to protect her kids. Someone I know said love is blind. Blind??? Really?? No amount of love in this world would ever allow me to let you hurt my babies. I think that she is as guilty as he is simply for leaving them with him. @sla2010, I said the same thing. Ty died from being beaten with a belt. Can any of you imagine how terrified these little boys were? Can any of you imagine how many blows it took before they stopped crying? This all just makes me sick. I cannot comprehend letting someone hurt my babies.

December 22, 2011 at 12:50 a.m.
pikeville said...

My heart goes out to the childrens family. This is one of the most tragic crimes I've seen in some time. In a time of peace on earth and good will. What is happening in our cities? This is heartbreaking. It will be interesting to see DCS's responce. What was this man and woman's record? Say a prayer for this family!!!!

December 22, 2011 at 11:58 p.m.
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