A Bronx mom charged with beating her 5-year-old son to death said she delivered the fatal blows because he broke the television while playing Wii, prosecutors said Monday.
Kim Crawford, 21, smacked Jamar Johnson in his back and stomach on June 12 “harder than I’ve ever hit him,” she told cops.
Crawford watched him vomit and faint for six days as his internal injuries got worse. She never took him to the hospital because she feared getting arrested, she told investigators.
“I was worried they’d see the bruises and I’d get in trouble,” she told cops.
The child suffered a ruptured pancreas and intestinal injuries, prosecutors said. He died at Montefiore Hospital late Friday. Prosecutors charged Crawford with murder and manslaughter. She was ordered her held without bond Monday.
The petite single mom told cops several different stories about how Jamar was injured before finally admitting the truth, prosecutors said. First, she claimed he simply got sick, went to sleep and never woke up, prosecutors said. She then claimed he fell while playing in the park and injured himself.
After hours of questioning, she finally admitted becoming enraged at Jamar when he told her he broke the television, prosecutors said.
“I hit Jamar twice in the back and twice in the stomach,” she told cops of Sunday’s beating.
On Friday night Crawford “held Jamar’s hand and it was cold,” she told cops. “He wasn’t moving.”
Crawford’s lawyer, Camille Abate, said the mom should not have been charged with murder.
“The facts do not establish at all that this mother tried to kill her child,” Abate said. “I have no idea whether hitting someone with their hand causes these kinds of injuries. It’s clear that for two days she was worked over by police.”
Jamar’s heartbroken family called his death “inexcusable.”
“Whether or not she did it on purpose doesn’t matter, because my beautiful grandson is gone and he’s not coming back,” said Jamar’s grandmother, Betsy Johnson. “It’s a tragedy. it’s inexcusable.”
Crawford has previous arrests for drugs and assault, police sources said, and a long history of domestic incidents with the boy’s father.
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