The parents of Roderick “RJ” Arrington Jr., who are under arrest in Las Vegas for allegedly beating their seven-year old boy to death for not reading the bible called their pastor first, asking him what to do next. The pastor told them to call 911.
The beatings that ultimately led to RJ’s death reportedly began on November 27, just five days after Thanksgiving. He was also beaten on November 28, and finally taken to the hospital after the parents called their pastor then 911, on November 29. He died the following afternoon, according to a report in The Huffington Post:
Police arrested the boy’s mother, Dina Palmer, 27, and stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, and charged them with the murder of the boy. Investigators said that Palmer “stood by and let her husband” shake and beat the boy to death.
According to KLAS, the arrest report detailed “open abrasions on [Arrington's] buttocks, severe bruising to his thighs, marks and bruises on his back and shoulders and evidence of previous beatings.”
Police claim the boy’s stepfather beat him with a spatula, belt and possibly a wooden paddle. Dina Palmer allegedly struck her son on his buttocks with both a belt and her hand.
The couple reportedly called a pastor before dialing 911. KSNV writes, “Pastor Kenneth Hollingsworth says he’s as shocked as anyone that Markiece Palmer chose to call him before first-responders.”
The Palmers appeared in court Tuesday and each face charges of murder, child abuse and neglect, the station reports.
Roderick “RJ” Arrington Jr. was seven years old, and murdered for not reading the bible.
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