A 32-year-old Texas father and his 27-year-old wife are behind bars this week after they allegedly subjected their 12-year-old son to torture, forcing the child to spend hours to hold 50-pound boxes and beat them. him to brain death because of “disrespect”.
Derrick Coles and Kapri Cheatom was taken Detention overnight and was charged with each count of first-degree injury to a child resulting in serious bodily harm, a first-degree felony, records reviewed by Law & Crime show.
According to an affidavit probable cause get by San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS-5, San Antonio Police Department officers responded to a 911 call about a child who died at a home located in the 7600 block of Wurzbach Road. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders reported finding an unresponsive 12-year-old boy. Coles, who identified himself as the boy’s father, told police that his son had fallen in the shower.
Emergency Medical Services staff attempted to resuscitate the child before transporting him to University Hospital on Medical Drive. The medical staff treated the boy, who was later identified as Danilo Colesit was reported to investigators that the boy had suffered “several suspicious injuries”, the KSAT-TV branch of the San Antonio ABC report.
Shortly after arriving at the facility, doctors announced that Danilo had “no brain activity”, declaring that he had died later that night.
Detectives brought in Coles and Cheatom for questioning where the pair are said to have admitted physically torturing Danilo that led to his death.
According to KENS, Coles told investigators that his son had recently moved in with him and Cheatom after being raised by his mother in Chicago. The boy was allegedly abused during his years in Chicago. Coles said that when Danilo moved in, he immediately began acting “disrespectful” and had “caused problems” for him and Cheatom, although specifics were not mentioned.
As punishment for their extreme behavior, Coles and Cheatom were supposed to force Danilo to do push-ups and stand for hours holding boxes filled with about 50-pound water bottles. Coles also admitted that he “broken” Danilo’s lips hours before his death.
At about 11 a.m. on the day of his death, Cheatom told detectives the boy woke up around 11 a.m. and cursed at her, Philadelphia Fox affiliate WTXF-TV report. He was then supposed to hold a pair of boxes that weighed about 50 pounds. When he could no longer hold the boxes up, he was said to have been given a second set of smaller boxes. When he couldn’t hold them anymore, he was asked to do push-ups. According to reports, this punishment lasted for about four or five hours.
After that, Danilo took a shower, when Cheatom said he fell, resulting in a cut above his eye. Danilo is then said to have done the push-up again. When he was unable to do any more calming exercises, Coles allegedly grabbed a belt and hit the boy who was lying on the floor “in a fetal position,” according to WTFX.
The doctors who treated Danilo told police that the child’s injuries were not suitable for a fall in the shower. According to WTFX, Danilo suffered “serious injuries to his buttocks where the skin sagged on his buttocks, internal stomach bleeding, and ‘whiplashes’ on his torso and legs.”
In addition to corporal punishment, Danilo is said to have been asked to write, “I will obey everyone who lives in the family,” over and over in a notebook.
Coles and Cheatom are both being held at the Bexar County Jail for $150,000. Records show both are scheduled before the judge for March 9.
[image via Bexar County Jail]
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