published Thursday, December 29th, 2011

2 charged in boy's beating death appear in court

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    Kenneth Coleman, 21, boyfriend of Patricia Brewer, is escorted into Hamilton County General Sessions Court on Wednesday charged in the death of Brewer's child.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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    Patricia Brewer, 23, awaits a hearing in Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales courtroom Wednesday. Brewer is charged in the death of her son, Tyre'ke Evans.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tears began to bulge from the eyes of Patricia Brewer as she was led Wednesday morning -- cuffed and shackled -- into a Hamilton County General Sessions courtroom.

Brewer, 23, searched the courtroom until her eyes found family members seated in the front row who silently mouthed words of encouragement to her.

It was her first court appearance since she and her live-in boyfriend, 21-year-old Kenneth Coleman, were charged in the beating death of her 4-year-old son, Tyre'ke Evans.

Coleman made no eye contact with Brewer before sitting on a bench directly in front of her. He stared ahead, emotionless.

Family members approached Judge David Bales and asked for time to hire a private defense attorney for Brewer. The public defender's office was appointed by Bales to represent Coleman.

Both Brewer and Coleman face charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse. Brewer remains in jail on a $3 million bond. Coleman remains in jail on a $4 million bond.

The pair's next court date is set for Jan. 10.

Neighbors said they watched as Brewer carried her son's limp body out to a car on Dec. 19 and strapped him into a car seat before the couple headed to the Children's Hospital at Erlanger. Coleman initially told hospital staff that Tyre'ke fell down some stairs but later said he beat Tyre'ke and his 3-year-old brother, Donamiche Brewer, with a belt.

Tyre'ke had a lacerated bowel, liver, broken but healing ribs, brain swelling and multiple abrasions when he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Donamiche stayed in the hospital's intensive care unit most of last week and was released Friday to other family members through Department of Children's Services.

On Wednesday, another homicide case that occurred the same day as Tyre'ke's death was moved to Jan. 10.

Temekia Reed, 24, is charged with stabbing 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson in the heart with a pair of scissors on Dec. 19 during a brawl that broke out among about 20 other women in the 1300 block of Poplar Street Court.

Reed, who faces charges of criminal homicide, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault, will appear before General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon.

According to witnesses to the brawl, it started over $20 in baby-sitting money that Reed's mother said she was owed.

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Lr103 said...

Prayers to the family of the victims. Sadly, the mother didn't get to see her baby boy laid to rest. She'll have to live with that for the rest of her life. Wherever life takes her. In a sense, she's a victim too. A victim for trusting and not recognizing or ignoring the signs that should have alerted her.

And those apartments with upstairs bedrooms @ the Harriet Tubman site are not safe for children. I've been inside a few of them. There's no way a child as young as three or four can manuever up and down those stairs without chance falling down the stips. They're dangerous even for adults. And there's no break between falling once a fall starts. It's straight down from top to bottom. The steps appear to be made of metal too. I think I read somewhere it was stated the older child had fallen down the steps at some poitn?

December 29, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.
justicewatch said...

Are you kiddning me. A mother should and would lay down her life for the safety and proctection of her child. Those children did NOT fall. She failed miserably in her duty to protect her children. She is NO victim and should pay for putting them in harms way. What cowardice and weakness. The victims in this case are the children who had the misfortune to have her as a mother and the man she allowed to be in their home and their lives.

December 29, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
shon0219 said...

Im sorry I grew up in the projects and there are hundreds of kids that live in the same housing as her, and you havent heard anything like this happening. Please its goverment housing they have to past test just to allow ppl in them. I graduated with her, and we took a lot of classes together. As much as i want to believe she didnt do it i cant. She didnt seek help for her kids. She didnt put him out when she first seen him beat her kids, and she didnt put them first til it was far to late. So shes not a victim she is the cause of all of this.

December 29, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
ex_army65 said...

The moment she knew he was beating those kids and she put them back into the situation for it to happen again, she stopped being a victim and became an accessory.

December 29, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.
skyboxer said...

Inmates will dish out their own justice to the child killer if he's put out in Gen Pop at whatever maximum security pen he ends up in unless he's on death row.

December 29, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
pikeville said...

Did I read in a previous article that these two were under investigation from DCS? If this was true why didn't they see the warning signs? They are trained professionals. I pray for this family,and hope the system didn't let these children down.

December 29, 2011 at 5:28 p.m.
sage1 said...

shon0219 said..."She didnt seek help for her kids. She didnt put him out when she first seen him beat her kids, and she didnt put them first til it was far to late. So shes not a victim she is the cause of all of this."

I couldn't add a thing to this statement. shon0219 hit the nail on the head.

December 29, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.
quietreader said...

Those were beautiful little boys. What a rotten shame. I hope the survivor get the love and nurturing he needs from his other family members.

January 12, 2012 at 8:25 a.m.
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