published Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Tennessee DCS opened investigation before 4-year-old was beaten to death

Special fund for Donamiche Brewer

Chattanooga Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jerri Weary has announced the formation of a fund for Donamiche Brewer at the TVA Credit Union.

Weary said those seeking to contribute money can do so by going to the credit union and making donations specifically to the fund.

In the weeks leading up to the beating death of a 4-year-old boy, Tennessee Department of Children Services already had opened an investigation into allegations of abuse in the home.

Molly Sudderth, communications director for DCS, said after the death of 4-year-old TyReke Evans Monday, his 3-year-old brother, Donamiche Brewer, is now in protective custody.

Sudderth would not release the exact date the investigation was opened, but said it was opened this month. She would not say how many referrals the state agency received about the care of the boys by their 23-year-old mother, Patricia Brewer.

Brewer and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Kenneth D. Coleman, both face charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse. Both are scheduled to go before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales on Dec. 28.

Donamiche remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger after he was severely dehydrated and had liver damage. Upon arriving at the hospital, both medical staff noticed both boys were covered in bruises and abrasions on the hands, abdomen, arm and flanks. Evans was pronounced dead.

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thesmartguy said...

After reading stories like this, the only thing I can think about is hugging my children.

December 21, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.
Gator said...

As much as I hate to say it, we created this situation by allowing people to become dependent on government handouts and programs. It has progressed to the point that I have no idea what the solution is, unless we force these people to go to work for their own good. Victims of "entitlement programming" can't possibly have any self-respect. :(

December 21, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
01centare said...

What is it larwilb60? The mentioning of the wordspublic housing that got you all hyperventilatng? Or are you really concerned that an innocent life was senselessly and tragically taken away? What about boyfriends of single moms who don't live in public housin, but government subsidized housing (same 'thang/different heading), or any number of instances where children have been killed by a parent, parents or boyfriend? Why don't you take your fake @ss concerns and shove them where the sun doesn't shine? You bitter oaf!

This is actually indicative of that good old southern style disciplining and spare the rod spoil the child rhetoric that's been passed down for generation upon generation primarily in the Bible Belt. Coleman was likely disciplined the same way, but survived it. Physically, that is, because he's likely dead too mentally and emotionally. Then for the mother to admit he's beaten the children before and saw nothing wrong with it only indicates she was likely raised on that southern style discipline beliefs also. She too, physically survived, but mentally and emotionally died a long time ago. Listen to any southern radio station, especially the black ones, where there's a preacher or preachers doing their thang, and I'll bet a day doesn't go by where one isn't misquoting that spare the rod spoil the child bullsh%t! Slavery is so imbedded in their mental and emotional psyche that they actually don't realize that part of the Bible was used and purposely misquoted to justify breaking the slaves. At times using fellow slaves to enforce it to break the slaves.

December 21, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
01centare said...

Gator said... As much as I hate to say it, we created this situation by allowing people to become dependent on government handouts and programs

I guess that should explain Andrea Yates, who murdered her five children in Texas? You people make me sick! For you to use this tragedy to make a stupid statement about government subsidy programs is an even greater tragedy than this. May God have mercy on your souless souls!

December 21, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.
bigguy said...

I'd like to get my hands on the person that sold him that belt!

December 21, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
tlstaz6543 said...

I whole heartedly agree with the mother being held responsible also....she had to know what her kids were going through and most likely, taking part in it too. What I want to know is, what makes this situation different than when that Sykes or Skiles or whatever that scumbag's name is was arrested for child abuse....why was that mother not charged as well? There is no possible way she didn't know also.

December 21, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.
Soos54 said...

HEY CTFP - do you know if there is anything the community can do to help this little boy, in ICU? So sad he will spend his Christmas there - I'd love to send him a gift or make a donation for his well-being, if you know of any thing that is set up. Please let us know (And no, this is not a charity-hand out mentality, in case all the right wing crazies jump on me for suggesting it. I'd just like to help this little, defenseless guy who likely won't have parents if he lives).

December 21, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.
01centare said...

Soos54, what a wonderful suggestion. TFP count me in too!

December 21, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Smartguy, when I read stories like this I can think of a lot more than that, like beating this "tough" guy into a coma.

December 21, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

Sad, sad story....poor little guy...

I can only hope Coleman and Brewer get the same "treatment" while rotting in prison FOREVER!

December 21, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
reallytruly said...

why don't they just leave these poor kids at a foster home, fire station, hospital or something instead of freaking killing them!!!!!! our youth is our most valuable asset

December 21, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.
aseekeri said...

o1centare, its not just a southern "thang". people have been beating children everywhere for a long time. poverty doesnt ensure violence but it does encourage it and makes it more difficult to conceal, at times. do some research. compare the statistics. whoes kids wind up in the er beaten and/or dead? why? the reasons are numerous and varied and long standing. how do we fix it? i dont know. but boyfriends living in the home with other mens children sure seem to be involved in a lot of these incidences.

December 21, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
chet123 said...

And the beat goes on.....any female that choose to have children should first have a husband.....out of wedlock children and single MOM with live in boyfriend is a culture in public housing....SORRY GUYS THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD!.....The real tragic is this will continue.....Men living with female unmarried is the norm...this goes against all main stream world religions.....a large percentage of females in such a underclass culture as chattanooga public housing dont have any or very little self-esteem...they feel that they must have a man next to them at nite and use their pregnacy as bragging right and the children as pawns....they even disregard the children welfare to have that MAN..JUST GOT TO HAVE A MAN....NOT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY BUT TO FILL HER BED AT NITE...THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD..its sad......Where is the community ...where are the Churches....there should be an out-rage.....but sadly they have become as the gazelle crossing the Crocodile filled nile river...when one gazelle is gorge or eaten by the crocodile the herd of gazelle push foward without showing any emotion....they have become immune.....its sad...very sad!...this is Christmas....Children should be happy and safe at home.....NOT SO....NOT SO!!! Many young female perfer a so-call man next to them in bed.....this is a sad narrative.....

My statement may rough some feathers....but i dont give a D#@!...i invite criticism on this issue.....THIS CHILD SHOULD BE ENJOYING CHRISTMAN AND LIFE AS A WHOLE!!!.....This is what happen in any deprave culture!!!...

Society must return to the nucleus family..the traditional family or substain from having children,,,,,female have no excuses unless you are raped....birth control pills are almost free.....there is no excuse to get pregnant unless its by choice!

December 21, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
Gator said...

01centare, I was expecting you to "pop off". You're one of the few posters I see that can take a heart-rending subject like this and turn it into a political attack. My comment was one of sadness for the situation we have created that probably caused the boyfriend's anger and bitterness. Yes, he was violent and should be punished for losing his temper, but I'm sure he was also feeling frustrated over his lack of self-respect. You need to quit looking at everything as "black or white" and start thinking before you start typing.

December 21, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
fedup350 said...

This sad terrible story has nothing to do with race, the government, subsidized housing or welfare. This is just a cruel heartless coward that took out his anger on defenseless children. It is incomprehensible how anyone could commit such a heinous act on an innocent child. Everyone who is trying to make a racial issue out of this is just plain wrong. Is this what we have come to that we cant feel mutual disgust with this kind of thing happening to a human child with distinguishing the race? Of coarse the race mongers will bring up the prior cases that white parents have killed also. Why does that matter? Does that make you race baiters feel better? It is sickening to hear that kind of garbage spewed. I can almost hear the glee in 01centare post as he brings up the Andrea Yates case. There is something terribly wrong with thinking like that. I hope Coleman is given the death penalty. The sad thing is that even if he is given death he will probably live to a ripe old age in Tennessee's prison system. Maybe the disgust felt by even hardened criminals against scum like this will send him to and early hell.

December 21, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
fedup350 said...

Very insightful chet123. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Excellent post!

December 21, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
chet123 said...

I'm a democrat and a black man.....but i have seen the toll of destructions on the single family in public housing....the children who have never had a male in the household..i have walked the grounds of college hills, tubman and east lake and not as a employee or paid citizen...but as a volunteer to help young people....i have seen the irresponsible parent....this is indefensible!!!!

This is a underclass culture(sure there are many more around the country)...drowning in depravity!!!....there must be increase assistance from the churches and community(ies)...not the government....this is a spiritual problems....

These children have forgot how to smile!....This shouldnt be....sorry if i offended someone...but the truth must be told!!

December 21, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
reallytruly said...

chet123, I applaud you. we can not turn our heads any longer, this is unacceptable, something has to be done. how can ANYONE enjoy Christmas with these type of actions going on just miles from our homes. i'm just sickened by it and sick of reading it on a weekly basis it seems

December 21, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.
01centare said...

Gator said... 01centare, I was expecting you to "pop off". You're one of the few posters I see that can take a heart-rending subject like this and turn it into a political attack. My comment was one of sadness

OH, for Pete's sake,STUF IT Gator. You're the one who turned this into some kind of a political strategy and an opportunity to blame government assistance to poor people. Don't go backtracking now.

December 21, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
01centare said...

aseekeri said... o1centare, its not just a southern "thang". people have been beating children everywhere for a long time

So people migrate and move around, and still carry that southern Bible Belt mentality with them.

December 21, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
fedup350 said...

01centare, cant you see that every one is tired of your race games? You are sick with hatred. You have a very very sick, twisted and demented mind that hates everyone that is not the same skin color as you. When your arguments are exposed as such then you get soooo brave and start your name calling. Your attidtude is dested by all. You take pleaure in rehashing childrens murder to futher your sick view on life and hatred of others. You really need some help!!

December 21, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
anderson2010 said...

This is a tragedy in itself. It doesnt matter where the children or the parents lived. This type of behavior happens in all types of households regardless of race or status. You can blame the Department of Child Protective Services. I have had to deal with them based on false allegations and believe me they do not do their job effectively nor do they follow the guidelines set. I know of two households right now that do not need to have children in them. Reports have been made but since the "parents" wont let them in the house, they say nothing can be done at this time. Well, what could be going on to cause this? I feel that the case workers are overworked or just do not care. In one of the cases I mentioned above, the mother has been charged with child neglect and been to court several times and is just given more time to complete classes. The last court date she was given, she didnt even show. The children are still in her custody. The children have sores, are nasty and they live in a hotel. The other case, is a family member who constantly yells at the child, does not support the child and relies on others to give the necessities that the child needs. What will it take for the case workers to realize that what they do is not just a JOB but takes consideration and common sense to see that a child is being abused. These little boys did not deserve to be treated in such a manner and now where are they? One is in Heaven now, the other in ICU for christmas. I think the case worker and DFACS should be held just as accountable as the mother and boyfriend. Children can not speak for themselves and there should be stricter laws for people who take advantage and abuse children.

December 21, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

Let us not forget that we just saw a video this year capturing the beating of a teenage girl by her educated, financially well-off, white father, the judge in TX. Child abuse is not a low-income, uneducated, minority issue. It is a problem everywhere... Maybe even in the house nextdoor. We are all responsible for paying attention and getting these innocent children the help they need before it's too late.

December 21, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
sunnydelight said...

01centare . Your comments about the Southen Bible Belt only exposes your own ignorance .

December 21, 2011 at 3:15 p.m.
rons_mkay said...

The boys teacher had referred him SEVERAL times to DCS for abuse concerns. Several times!!!! And what did they do? Nothing. That poor teacher has been crying the past three days because one of the little children from her classroom is now dead. It makes me very very sick thinking that this was reported before hand and that the people who had the power to prevent it didn't even bother to step in.

December 21, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.
eddieray said...

very sad when a child is involved. just look at the situation over and over again, mother is 21, two children with different last names, and a new live in boyfriend. not much of a chance to ever get out of the housing lifestyle.

December 21, 2011 at 3:29 p.m.
Lr103 said...

chet123... a large percentage of females in such a underclass culture as chattanooga public housing dont have any or very little self-esteem...Men living with female unmarried is the norm

Then you have to ask yourselves, just how did that all come to be? That such a large population of unmarried mothers living in mass poverty in public housing? Let me explain how it all started.

When public housing for low income families was originally established, families pretty much moved in intact, with both mother and father. There may have been a few single mothers, but most were due to having lost their spouses in prior military wars or conflicts around the world. The others were married and their husbands were often away serving in the military or had jobs that took them away for long or short periods of time. This was mostly under Democratic leadership. Then the Republicans gained control of the federal government sometime during the 1970s. Their mission and drum beat was, "Well take care of the women and their children, but we're not going to use our tax dollars to support some man living in the household. That is, have all the children you want, we'll just move you to a bigger apartment. We'll provide you with food and healtcare, but the catch is, "there can be no man in the house." Having very little to begin with, and out of fear of losing what little they had, many start to force the men out of their lives in order to keep a roof on their heads and the heads of the child or children and food on the table. Then came the 1980s there also came the WAR ON DRUGS. Where primarily the poor and especially poor minority and doubly especially poor minority blacks were target. Mass incarcerations ensued of men found to have only small amounts of drugs on their person. And if no drugs were found? No problem. Make something up and lock'em up anyway. Who's going to believe the poor. Although, drug abuse has always been rampant in middle-classed and upper middle-classed America. They don't make easier targets for arrest, because they might be able to afford a good lawyer to fight the charge. They needed people who couldn't afford to fight in order to fill the private for profit prison system. Local jails would benefit too. Remember how Silverdale and the Hamilton County jail were practically fighting over inmates a few short years ago? Silverdale accused Hamilton County Jail of not transferring prisons when they should have in order to keep the money at the county level. Hamilton County accused Silverdale of just wanting to keep the money for themselves. They were both pointing fingers at the other.

December 21, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
Lr103 said...

what went wrong, continued:

Look at all the businesses that have cropped up just from arresting people and sending them to prison. People who can't afford to fight the charge. Look at the Philadelphia kids-4-cash scandal. Where two judges were charged with receiving kickbacks for sending juveniles to a privately owned juvenile detention center. Those judges made millions. And since judges have immunity, like prosecutors the families can't even sue for their children lost childhood. You have to look at the entire picture from front to end instead of just relying on the outcome of greedy and selfish decisions that were made more than forty years ago.

December 21, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
nowfedup said...

Maybe we should all step back and examine this new meaner USA. Our TV' are chock full of programs where key issue is who can be put down-insulted most, publicly humiliated the most, "Who is father" shows abound with audience on level with those that enjoyed lynching. Our politicians/government lives off insults. Our "Hit radio/TV talking heads thrive off of mean vicious attacks/actions trying out macho each other. We have as a society degenerated from well educated toleration's to fearful, panicked, divided ofter hatefully groups targeting "them" as a few posters proved. We have opted for a near permanent underclass, now a bit worried that any of us one or two paychecks away from such, as many found out over past few years. As a society we have put manners, simple decency, simple values of basic right or wrong (he did it so why not me?) aside, instead worshiping the rude, the media/sports bully, the football team not the 4.0 students we desperately need. We found it best to simply warehouse some poor in some area, write them off and educate towards generational poverty. Note it is NOT blacks that are majority of "Welfare", which will burst a lot of racial hate bubbles, they are simply more centrally housed. Folks, it was not just some bully that killed that child, or went our with guns shooting up area, it is this whole break down of society, the "Them" vse "us", the hate, ignorance and encouragement of it by those that will profit most, the greedy. Reality is scaring folks as many not that far from public housing , uneducated for the 2000's jobs, intolerance leading to targeted. Just listen, read news carefully, we just may have all killed that child, and more sure to follow, as that is the way of division, us vse them being encouraged now days as easier to rule us that way, us vse them?

December 21, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
Lr103 said...

fedup350 said... 01centare, cant you see that every one is tired of your race games? You are sick with hatred. You have a very very sick, twisted and demented mind that hates everyone that is not the same skin color as you.

And what skin color do you think that might be, gurlie?

Aren't you describing yourself and your homies who post your hate filled rhetoric here on the false pretense of being concern? You and yours wouldn't even be posting here if this tragedy didn't involve poor blacks living in public housing. You've never missed an opportunity to mention crime, blacks living in public housing and, that tired old sad song, your tax dollars going to support those people in the same breath. The same sentence. We've noticed how you and your homies shy away from posting opinions where the crimes committed were by anyone else but blacks. Get a life, fedup350. And while your at it, save your own soul from that he/ll you and yours seem so quick to toss others into. ;)

December 21, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.
thesmartguy said...

The death of a child and another in ICU, and the only thing people can comment about is which political entity to blame. Wow people. Take a look at your priorities.

December 21, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
Lr103 said...

ctfpfan08 said... Let us not forget that we just saw a video this year capturing the beating of a teenage girl by her educated, financially well-off, white father, the judge in TX. Child abuse is not a low-income, uneducated, minority issue. It is a problem everywhere... Maybe even in the house nextdoor. We are all responsible for paying attention and getting these innocent children the help they need before it's too late.

Thank you!! That's what I and others have being saying all along. I'd forgotten about that Texas judge. And his daughter was disable too. Was it a light case of Cerebal Palsey she suffered from? I can't remember. But abuse, just like illegal drugs and a host of other ills, happens at all levels of society, and not just poor communities and people living in public housing or a trailerpark.

December 21, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.
Lr103 said...

thesmartguy said... The death of a child and another in ICU, and the only thing people can comment about is which political entity to blame. Wow people. Take a look at your priorities.

The point is not to ignore the tragedy. But someone mentioned something about how it came to be that so many single moms are living in public housing. If you're referring to my response, then all I have to say, you can't ignore the fire without acknowledging what started it, even if you seemingly succeed at temporarity putting the fire out. When you walk away, patting yourself on the back for putting it out, it might just ignite all over again.

December 21, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Tragic. Very, very sad. God bless the teachers who reported this. May God have mercy on the souls of those who failed to follow through with an intervention. May God grant us all repentance and faith.

Can we accept that, in some ways, we are all responsible? Where were we as this was happening? What might we have done to prevent this? What will we do now? We were hiding in our isolated enclaves. The problem is that we either don’t know or don’t trust our neighbors. This prevents us from initiating or maintaining deep enough relationships with them to be able to intervene and help them before something like this happens.

This is as much of a “we” issue as it is an “us” vs. “them” issue. The American dream seems to be that we work to acquire enough resources to “do our own thing,” unbothered by the troubles and demands of people who aren’t like us – i.e. “THOSE people.” It will take a miracle to reverse course, and identify with and have compassion on (suffer with) those who are, like us, in sin and error pining. It will take a willingness to enter into unfamiliar and uncomfortable circumstances in order to restore real, tangible hope. It will take something like embracing the Incarnation instead of keeping it at arm’s length.

December 21, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.

Some stats on the importance of marriage and family in tragedies like this.

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 21, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Lr103 said...

At least in part here's a simple solution. Since incentives were promised in the 1970s if women ran the men off and became single mothers, why not provide incentives for the men to return? Those incentives could be in the way of providing much needed job skills training. If they have minor offenses and a criminal record helping them in having their records expunged {we do this for cops who've gotten into trouble all the time so it won't interfere with their remaining cops, as many of these young men have become unemployable due to having criminal records. Even some temporary services won't touch them. The jobs they are able to get, 100s more are fighting over. Therefore, the least small mistake and they're fired on the spot. Usually causing them to go back to a life of crime in order to survive. Become these mens shadows and support group for 2 to five years until they have solid standing. The men have always been the solid force and consistency in a relationshiop. My own dad use to say, No woman has any business trying to raise a child, especially a male child, alone. We could also offer incentives to these young women delaying have children too. Even if those incentives came in the way of some form of financial incentive. Remember financial incentives, food, a roof over their heads and healthcare were offered anyway if they kicked the men out of the household and had as many babies as they wanted. Why not use the same offer but in an opposite direction?

December 21, 2011 at 5:17 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Lr103 your posts are putting words in other peoples mouths. Number one, it was 01centare that started on his hate filled rant about race and used white child murders to back up his point. They way he used those murders was very sickening and disgusting. But you blame me for bring up race? You do the same as 01centare . You relive the beating of a child in Texas and are obviously happy and smug about it being a white child that was beaten. You are really, really sick in the mind. Just so you can delight in the fact that white people beat their children. You are one sick individual. Do you even read the posts before you start typing? Your take on public housing is made up fantasy. Where in the world did you come up with that? Public housing and welfare and paying single women for having more children and so you lose benefits when you get married was all part of LBJ's "war on poverty. It was all the democrats’ policy. How in the world did you come up with that mess you spouted? You are on the same despicable level with 01centare. You always use race in your posts. If it wasnt a racial issue then you wouldn’t post. Go back and read my post. No, go back and read all my posts. You either cant read or are a flat out liar in your accusations. As far as me knowing what race 01centare is? He never misses a chance to tell all what race he is. Go back and read his posts before you show your stupidity again. As a matter of fact you and 01centare share a lot of the same attributes, you are rabid race mongers, you only post on racial issues, you make up or flat out lie about other peoples post. Are you 01centare posting incognito? I wouldn’t put it past either of you. You both have most obviously displayed your lack of any sort of integrity.

December 21, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.
Lr103 said...

No it wasn't, fedup350. It seems 01 was responding to another poster who used this tragedy to make insensitive and degrading remarks about people in public housing or people receiving public assistance. I didn't take it that way that 01 was using crimes against white children committed by their parents as anything than to show a person's large bank account or living in what is considered an upstanding family doesn't gurantee there's no crime or crimes taking place behind closed doors.

Public housing and welfare(used to be call Relief before it was called welfare} existed long efore LBJ and the so-called war on poverty. Where have you been? How old are you? geesh!

There was public housing early as the 1940s and possibly 1930s. They mostly housed poor white and poor white military families. E. Lake Courts and Boone Hysinger {Now Harriet Tubman} were once all white housing projects.

fedup350... You relive the beating of a child in Texas and are obviously happy and smug about it being a white child that was beaten

I'm never smug about any abuse, especially against a child. You and your crew seem to always gloat and try and use tragedies in poor communities as an excuse to bash the poor and scream idiotic rants about your tax dollars. I and others just respond in kind as reminders, that crime is crime. That abuse of and killing of children can cross all social, economic and racial lines. Now you can try and backtrack all you want, but go back and read some of you and your gangs own postings when ever the crime involves someoene who is black and/or poor.

Now we can go on and on, back and forth with your lack of history knowledge and attempts to act like the injured party and still not arrive at a common point.

So, if anyone who still want to donate missed the tfp above message in the blue box to the right, I'm posting it here:

Chattanooga Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jerri Weary has announced the formation of a fund for Donamiche Brewer at the TVA Credit Union.

Weary said those seeking to contribute money can do so by going to the credit union and

I'm a customer with TVFCU, so I'll be contacting them to see if they can just transfer some money from my account to in support of the surviving child and even to help with burial expenses for this brother, just in case I can't get to the bank before the week is out.

I usually make donations this time of the year in lieu of presents and in the names and memory of relatives already gone. I was trying to decide where to make donations this year. I've already made some, but had more money I wanted to donate to some worhty cause.....so to this fund is where I'll be donating the remainder of what I'd plan on donating this year.

December 21, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
chet123 said...

This is Christmas....i will be sensitive with what i say....I beleive you cant make excuses for some of the conditions....Birth control are available.....if a female want to demean herself and her body ..she has the right to do so but to bring children in this world and use them as pawns is unexcusable....you cant make excuses for such behavior....

This is not a remote case...it happens frequently on a weekly and daily basis.....take a walk in 5 of the trouble public housing in Chattanooga some late afternoon and see the behavior and culture....I beleive in the truth...We all claim we beleive in the truth...we only thirst for the truth when it apply to someone else.....sometime we must have the strength to critique ourselves....the community and the churches have done a miserable job in public housing.....this is an opportunity for the churches......specifically the BLACK CHURCH...THESE ARE THEIR CHILDREN!!!!THEY SHOULD MAKE THE FIRST MOVE..COME OUT OF THOSE BRICK BUILDING AND KNOCK ON SOME DOORS!!!

December 21, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.
Lr103 said...

chet123 said... This is not a remote case...it happens frequently on a weekly and daily basis.....take a walk in 5 of the trouble public housing in Chattanooga some late afternoon and see the behavior and culture....I beleive in the truth...

Anything you claim to see going on in public housing in plain view is taking place behind closed doors in some of the finer upstanding homes and communities. Class and social standing is no guarantee that one class of people is more morally better and has better values than the other.

All the homes for unwed mothers that once graced the city were created for young girls from privileged backgrounds (and not for poor girls from housing projects). Then abortions were made legal. Think about it.

December 21, 2011 at 7:17 p.m.
chet123 said...

This extends further than just children abuse....this is a underclass culture even worse a sub-culture....and it have nothing to do with race....any ethnic group can fall prey....However, its kept bridle by most ethnicity......

This problem need to be address soon!!!!

December 21, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.
Lr103 said...

chet123 said... This extends further than just children abuse....this is a underclass culture even worse a sub-culture....and it have nothing to do with race....any ethnic group can fall prey....However, its kept bridle by most ethnicity......

I don't disagree with you there. In fact, it's what I and others have been saying all along. But what others have suggested would only worsen the situation, not change it or correct it. They want to just suddenly up and strip these individuals of any assistance they maybe receiving. What about the children then? Do they really care? I don't thinkk so. They just want to use these tragedies to scream lunatic rants about their tax dollars going for people living in public housing and receiving foodstamps yada yada. Do you some of these people who post here have actually admitted to following people through the grocery store all the way to the checkout line (usually black and hispanic people) to see what they put in their grocery buggies and if they are using foodstamps? That's stupid!!

So if the people who are receiving some type of public assistance such as foodstamps or living in public housing were suddenly cutoff and kicked out of their apartments, what then? What do you think happens to the children then? The stress is likely to contribute to the abuse. I've seen entire families walking the streets in Chattanooga with nothing more than their backpacks. The girl who was stabbed and killed at a local hotel a few months ago, I'm not talking about the westside killing, I believe someone told me that she'd lost her public housing apartment and was living at an extended stay hotel with her children. Thank God the children were at school when she was killed at that hotel. Yes, she was said to have been selling drugs from the hotel room, but when people are stripped of every basic means to survive sometimes they might be forced to commit crimes in order to survive.

This problem need to be address soon!!!!

I don't disagree with you there either. My concern is how some will exploit this tragedy and other issues, and just how they will address the problem? Past addressing the problems were neither to benefit nor help them, not even the children. And past solutions have caused more harm than good.

December 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Walden said...

First things first -- the good news is, young TyReke is resting in Jesus' loving embrace tonight, and he is happier than you or I can imagine. Also, Donamiche is in Jesus' hands, but we need to all pray for his recovery and for his future as a little black boy with limited prospects. I pray for his speedy recovery, and that he will land with a loving family.

OK, now, if you are a politically correct goonball, you may not want to read any further...

That being said,

The problem at work here, is the epidemic of fatherlessness in the black community. Black men are impregnating women and leaving them to raise the offspring at an alarming rate. Had TyReke's father been around, this would not have happened. Can we call this for what it is, and stop dancing around the problem?

Chet, for once, I think you have had some rather sober and insightful things to say on this matter, and for that, I commend you.

What are we to do about this?

December 21, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.
SGTWRIGHT said...

DHS needs to get off their @ss and do something IMMEDIATELY...I called the animal shelter about abused puppies and got more of a response...I believe 3 other children were hurt just a couple of weeks ago that had an open case...an open case don't mean crap if it is not followed! No one can imagine the fear and pain these little fellows went through! I agree with other post..it is not a "white or black" thing...taxpayers pay for food and shelter for these women white black purple or blue...to make more babies...they don't have to work, so have PLENTY of time...as for the mom and boyfriend in this case and all other child abuse cases...I hope the get what they deserve in prison!! Again, taxpayers supporting them...I almost agree with the comment of "bring back public hanging" and then these child abusers, molesting scabs of society would not be near brave enough to act upon their "rage" This was a big man to beat these poor little guys...wonder if that made him feel empowered?

December 21, 2011 at 8:07 p.m.
John316 said...

One child was beaten to death and one is in ICU and there is no excuse for it. The mother and the boyfriend made a choice to abuse those babies. I do not care where they lived , their ethnic origin, religious background, or social status. They ARE RESPONSIBLE for the abuse and MUST be held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions. It is time out for excuses and political correctness that is one of the reasons our society is on a downward spiral. Wrong is wrong and evil is evil, it gets in where we choose to let it in by the choices we make. She could have given those babies away or just as easily made a decision not to have any children. Our children are dying and we are STILL talking FOOLISHNESS about race, religion, and politics. What is it going to take? WE ALL MUST LAY ASIDE OUR OWN AGENDAS AND PROTECT THE CHILDREN. QUIT STICKING OUR BIG HEADS IN THE SAND. OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY ABUSED AS WELL AS BEING KILLED and we the adults are blaming everyone and everything but the culprits. It is not complicated we are all responsible for the choices we make, good or bad.

December 21, 2011 at 8:29 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Walden said... Had TyReke's father been around, this would not have happened.

That's not necessarily true. The same thing could have happened even if the biological father had been in the home.

The problem at work here, is the epidemic of fatherlessness in the black community. Black men are impregnating women and leaving them

That's not necessarily true either. Some fathers have been forced from the picture. Either through routine incarceration over minor or even non-existing crimes, or sometimes the woman will kick the man out of the picture for another man. The women aren't necessarily blameless in all this.

December 21, 2011 at 8:47 p.m.
Lr103 said...

continued

There have been situations where the man was incarcerated for some minor charge and while he was in jail or prison, the woman hooked up with another man. When the man was released he was shown the door.

In other situations, some women might meet a man this week, have sex with him before the week is out in a casual one encounter thing, giving no time for any bonding or long lasting relationship to be had. The woman is impregnated, the man may have long gone without even knowing he's created a child. Some women also become pregnant on purpose with no intentions of having a relationship with the father. The potential father is left clueless.

In fact, having talked extensively with some young mothers over the years not in one case was the pregnancy accidental. All admitted to becoming pregnant on purpose. If it's a high school clique, then one or two girls becomes pregnant and the others would follow. At least one young woman admitted this to me. That is that she became pregnant because her friends became pregnant.

Now, what's needed is a complete change of mindset. And guys need to be warned they need to take precautions to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies as well. They need to be warned that some girls will get pregnant on purpose. One of the things sex education classes unintentionally taught was the time of the month a woman is most likely to conceive a child. Some young girls actually used that information to become pregnant. Therefore, there's no true one path to a solution. We can educate until the cows come home, but unless we can change the mindset of our young and convince them there's more to life than making babies they're ill prepared to care for the problems won't go away.

December 21, 2011 at 8:49 p.m.
Lr103 said...

continued

Like I suggested, since mothers were offered incentives for decades to have babies only if the men weren't present, why not offer them incentives to prevent pregnancies? Why not offer already young fathers incentives to become a part of the lives of the children they've already created? Why not offer them an opportunity to become proud young men through offering job training skills that allow them to earn a livable wage where they can proudly support their children and become an active part of their childrens' lives? Even if the relationship with the mother isn't possible. As it stands, most of the young men who would be potentially good fathers are unemployable due to years of incarceration of what at least started out as minor offenses and escalated from there. Anytime an arrest is made, no matter how minor the charge, there's a likelihood of creating that cycle of a revolving door. That's why it's imperative to do everything possible to prevent an arrest in the first place. As there's no such thing as an expunged record. When people can't even walk from one house to the next without the potential of being stopped and arrested then that contributes to that cycle and generational curse everyone is always talking about.

As for what I previously said about the women, this is not an indictment, but the situation must be addressed from all angles and every possible scenario. Neither am I pointing fingers. However, all of this pretty much began with forcing the fathers from the home, then convincing the women they'd be taken care of as long as the man wasn't present. Then the so called WAR ON DRUGS followed immediately behind that. Which led to mass incarceration of primarily young black males. Then the childsupport laws further changed the picture by locking young, primarily poor men up for not paying childsupport. But if you're basically unemployable because of an arrest record you can't pay childsupport and the cycle just continues and the circle just keep getting bigger and bigger engulfing more and more victims.

December 21, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

The issue here is someone killing an innocent child. I know plenty of black guys in the ghetto who don't do this crap to theirs or anyone else's children. And yeah the guys I'm talking about are raising theirs and in some other instances others kids. So to bring race into this one is just bs. Hell that killer is going to go to prison, join a gang. Then spend the rest of his life sodomizing young white boys upstate.

December 21, 2011 at 8:59 p.m.
Lr103 said...

But johnnyhurst, you claim bringing race into this is just bs. Then you turn right around and bring race into this by claiming the guy will spend the rest of his life sodomizing young white boys upstate? Now, that one bs statement if I ever heard one.

December 21, 2011 at 9:19 p.m.
lilymaysmommy said...

I worked with Patricia for some time and I have to say that this is something I would have never seen coming. I just asked her 2 weeks ago how her babies were and she said they were all great and looking forward to Christmas. I know that she was working 2 jobs and sadly leaving her kids home with that scumbag. I saw a bunch of people proclaiming his innocence and so on...but if I read correctly they said in the paper today that he admitted to beating Ty. I sat and cried when I herd the news. You guys can argue about all of this but the bottom line is a sweet little boy is dead and another one is laying in a hospital in critical condition. I cannot even begin to imagine how terrified these little boys had to be. How helpless they were against this guy. I applaud the teacher and others who reported concerns of abuse however maybe DCFS needs to revamp their policies. If they had acted just a day sooner this may not have happened. A mother should be the very first person to protect their children. She may not have been home while this particular beating occured but there is no way she did not know that abuse was taking place. Someone said love is blind. There is no amount of love in this world that would ever allow me to let someone harm my babies. All I wanted to do all day today is hug my daughter and play with her and remind her exactly how much mommy loves her. This had nothing to do with where she lived, her race, her income...It had nothing to do with having kids out of wedlock or living with someone your not married to. This is such a terrible terrible tragedy.

December 22, 2011 at 12:30 a.m.
johnnyhurst said...

Le103 bs statement ? What I said is very true. If a man wants to earn a living he will get a job. Stop making stupid ass excuses cuz that bs your talking is played out. If a man doesn't work he should not be allowed to eat. These punkass kids need to take their hindparts to a jobby job instead of tryin to be like snoop doggy dog. God hates those who shed the blood of the innocent and it would be better had this guy to never had been born rather than deal with what awaits him when he has to answer for this.

December 22, 2011 at 1:13 a.m.
hixsondave said...

Well said Chet, we rarely agree but your right on the mark. Merry Christmas

December 22, 2011 at 8:52 a.m.
ashleykc said...

I believe the people of chattanooga need to petition that the Chattanooga housing projects need to evict residence in accordance to the rental contracts stating any violence or domestic desputes with the police involved they're to be evicted and i'm sure that 90% of that community has had the police there for some reason. If all of these people don't know how to act right they should all be seperated until they can act like a real community and come together. Where was the father how did he not know his child was being beat it's not like this was just a one time deal i'm sorry but if someone is going to beat your child what are you going to do to them? I know what I would do and I think everybody else should too.

December 22, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
chet123 said...

LR103....I agree with you on much you have said....but you are missing the point....we can talk on this issue and never come to a solution.....i can counter most of your arguments.....and you can counter some of my arguments.....

We can even be like congress and talk this issue to death without any resolution.....ALL I KNOW IS A LITTLE BOY IS DEAD. A LITTLE BOY WAS BEATEN TO DEATH IN HIS OWN HOME....A PLACE THAT SHOULD BE A HAVEN FOR HIM.HE should be enjoying the most happy time of his life....and we have people pointing fingers at the government and systems....people talking and not taking actions.

This problem persist in all culture and ethnic groups in some matter, however, with inner-city public housing it is in epidemic state and the community and church must become involve not the government...because they should be the CAREGIVERS AND STEWARTS of the community this child lived in...ARE THE CHURCHES TOO BUSY AND COMFORTABLE INSIDE THEIR FOUR CORNER WALLS....FELLOWSHIPING WITH EACH OTHER RATHER THAN KNOCKING ON DOORS AND POUNDING THE PAVEMENTS...Hmmmmmm????

The worse thing anyone can do is make excuses....In making excuses you became part of the problem...you become a co-sponsor of this type barbaric behavior. Whineeeeeee! CHET123 SHOULDNT HAVE SAID THAT... WHINEEEEEE! I dont care about feelings...at this point I(CHET123) am MAD!

Anyone who have read my posting knows for a fact that i'm very passionate about defending the disadvantage....and those who cant help themselves....but this problem is self-inflicted....there is noone to blame but the selfish person in the mirror....sorry if I offended someone with the TRUTH!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY FELLOW POSTERS WHO HAVE PUT UP WITH ME THRU 2011!!!!....MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU HIXONDAVE!!

GIVE THE CHILDREN IN YOUR FAMILIES A GIANT HUG!!!

MAY GOD BLESS!

December 22, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.
Lr103 said...
<p>@lilmaysmommy...I saw a bunch of people proclaiming his innocence and so on...but if I read correctly they said in the paper today that he admitted to beating Ty.

I don't see where anyone was proclaiming Coleman's innocence. Like others, we do see a problem with attacking people for living public housing or receiving any kind of assistance as the sole cause for child abuse, any abuse for that matter or crime in general. Most of these people here on the attack and pretending to care actually would have never posted anything on this story if the victims hadn't been living in public housing and, yes, minority. Oops! I said the m word. Watch for all the claws and pitchforks to come out to further attack. Sorry, but it's true.

December 22, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.
Lr103 said...

chet123... This problem persist in all culture and ethnic groups in some matter, however, with inner-city public housing it is in epidemic

chet, I know you mean well. I also know it looks like thins are at epidemic proportions in the inner-city, public housing. That's not necessarily the case, however. The term public housing just place a more condensed face and image on a story. In the generalized areas, a street maybe named, but not the community when tragedy strikes. That gives the human mind a wider range and a different picture. More policing, more incarcerations, kicking more people out of public housing and onto the streets with entire families and nowhere to go, those are not the solutions. Those actions have largely contributed to the problems.

You can get all the churches and other suggestions involved all you want, but if there's no sincerity involved, and all people want to do is get their name and face in the news and beat their chest, or receive funding that normally gets used for anything but to help, then those suggestions are useless. These people have already been exploited enough. If all anyone is going to do is exploit them more then they need to stay the he/ll out it.

December 22, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.
Lr103 said...

ashleykc said... I believe the people of chattanooga need to petition that the Chattanooga housing projects need to evict residence in accordance to the rental contracts stating any violence or domestic desputes with the police involved they're to be evicted and i'm sure that 90% of that community has had the police there for some reason

They've already been doing that for years. The only problem is the police abused and misused that authority. Using their powers to have innocent people evicted who dared to file complaints of abuse and misconduct against officers. When unchecked power is given to others to keep the poor in line, there's always going to be some level of abuse at the hands of power, which has contributed greatly to a lot of the problems we're seeing emerging now.

December 22, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.
brokentoe said...

This is indicative and predictable of what happens to people when they're broken down beyond repair.

December 22, 2011 at 3:19 p.m.
hixsondave said...

I don't have the knowledge to comment on life and culture in the projects. I do think that an education may be the silver bullet wish there was a way to get that across.

December 22, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
chet123 said...

LR103....YOU ARE A MAJOR PART OF THIS PROBLEM...DEFEND DEFEND DEFEND.....THERE IS A DEAD CHILD WHO DESERVED BETTER!!!All i hear from you is excuses..excuses!

If this act of barbaricism would stop i wouldnt give a rat butt who was taking credit or beating their chest....I DONT CARE! I DONT CARE WHO TAKE CREDIT....THERES A LARGER ISSUE HERE....YOU CANT SEEN TO REALIZE THIS...

LR103...forgive me if i'm wrong....but i havent picked up or detected any grief or anguish from you on this child deaTH....I think thats rather strange.....all i hear is finger pointing the police and the systems fault...Hmmmmmmm something wrong here! You havent express sorrow for the real innocent!

LR103....i have read your posting and you are off focus....you said offering YOUNG FATHER JOB TRAINING....what have that got to do with a mother allowing a MAN who is not the father of her children to run her house-hold...A MAN who is a child abuser, A CHILD MURDERER??????? YOU CANT KEEP FOCUS!!! YOU JUST DONT GET IT!!!! .YOU JUST DONT GET IT DO YOU????

BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!...YOU SAY A LOT OF NOTHING!!! YOU JUST MAKING EXCUSES FOR THIS THUG!!!! ....AND THAT WHAT HE IS A THUG!!!!!...A SEWAGE RAT THUG with a certain body part she was interest in.....A MAN THAT BEAT A WOMAN OR A CHILD IS A THUG AND COWARD!!!!.....POSTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD CAN READ OUR POSTING... You have not express a dime worth of sadness for this small child nor heart-break,sorrow,anxiety,agony!!!!!!

After reading your posting,I'm certain this behavior will continue....no problem can be rectified without recognizing or admitting it true UNDERLYING! SO THE BEAT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT STEP IN..AND BELEIVE ME THE GOVERNMENT WILL STEP IN!...THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO DISINCLINE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THEIR OWN COMMUNITY....

SO KEEP GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES LIKE A DOG CHASING IT TAIL!!! BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!

December 22, 2011 at 4:58 p.m.
chet123 said...

HIXSONDAVE....THIS have to start from the home....those mother hold the keys....the black community is MATRIARCHY..IF YOU GO INTO A BLACK CHURCH YOU WILL SEE 60 TO 70% FEMALES MEMBERS....THEY HAVE A GREAT AMOUNT OF INFLUENCE WITH THE PASTORS... THIS IS unlike most ethnic groups..PASTORS ARE AFRAID TO PREACH ON CERTAIN ISSUES FEARING HE MAY LOOSE 60 TO70% OF HIS MEMBERSHIP...WHOSE LEFT TO PAY FOR HIS MERCEDES HA HA HA..

Until the real men are back into house-hold THIS PROBLEM WITH PUBLIC HOUSING WILL CONTINUE.....and this GROUP will alway be under the foot of the GOVERNMET!!! THE SAD THING IS THIS....I DONT THINK THEY EVEN CARES!!!!

December 22, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
chet123 said...

I COME ON PRETTY STRONGE FOR A DEMOCRAT HA HA HA

ITS A MYTH DEMOCRATS ARE WEAK HA HA HA

December 22, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
gamergirl113 said...

"As much as I hate to say it, we created this situation by allowing people to become dependent on government handouts and programs. It has progressed to the point that I have no idea what the solution is, unless we force these people to go to work for their own good. Victims of "entitlement programming" can't possibly have any self-respect. :("

Is this a JOKE? Do you know who was on welfare? A woman by the name of Whoopi Goldberg. And now she has more money than you will EVER see. People who need help in their lives aren't automatically people with no self-respect. And what the HELL does that have to do with a boy getting abused/murdered by a crazy man?

Do you know how many rich kids in the suburbs have been beat/kidnapped/murdered? Turn on the news! You've lost your mind. Seriously.

December 22, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
lilymaysmommy said...

@Lr103 I didn't mean on here. But I have heard and seen people claiming hes is innocent..he admitted to it though...so I mean I'd really like to tell all those people what idiots they are but I just keep my mouth shut.

December 22, 2011 at 10:40 p.m.
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