Last January, two year old Anthony Jesy “AJ” Cabral was home alone with his mother’s boyfriend, Jason Lenz, one evening when he suffered a complex skull fracture and died sometime the next day. Lenz never alerted anyone that the child had been injured, including the child’s mother, returned home a few hours after the injury took place. She was the one who found her son dead the next morning.
Lenz claims that he was carrying the boy when he tripped and fell, dropping the child to the floor. But according to prosecuting attorneys, Lenz beat the child to death by “bashing his head into something.” The jury agreed, convicting Lenz of felony murder and sentencing him to life in prison with no chance for parole. He was also sentenced to thirty years in prison for aggravated child abuse.
Lenz had been living with the family for eight months prior to AJ’s death. It is very sad that children are abused, neglected and even killed by the people closest to them; people who have been entrusted with their care. A person with a bad temper or history of abuse does not make an appropriate babysitter. Parents need to be very careful who they leave their children with, whether it is a friend, a relative or a daycare provider.
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