Gerald Oglesby Beating his son to death with an electric wire: Police

Gerald Oglesby (Henderson Police Department)

Gerald Oglesby. (Image via Henderson Police Department)

A 33-year-old Nevada father is behind bars after allegedly beating his 5-year-old son to death with an electric wire for disagreeing with what the child was watching on television. Gerald Oglesby was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count of public murder, police said.

According to a Press Release from the Henderson Police Department, police officers and firefighters at around 1:30 a.m. on March 16 responded to a call about a boy not breathing at a home located in the 700th block of Central Street. in Clark County. The caller, later identified as Oglesby, told dispatchers he last saw his son breathing about 13 minutes before calling 911, according to a probable cause affidavit. obtained by Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

Upon arrival at the scene, first responders said they found the unresponsive child in the mansion lying on a couch. He is said to have bruises on his face and torso. Emergency medical personnel attempted to resuscitate the boy, but he was “unhelpful and was pronounced dead at the scene”, police said.

Officers arrested Oglesby and placed him in the Henderson Detention Center on a murder charge. The victim’s name was not released by authorities.

In a later interview with police, Oglesby allegedly admitted that he had disconnected the electrical cord from the cable box inside the home and used it to repeatedly whip the child because he was in his father’s bedroom to watch a TV show featuring “adult characters”. the detective reported wrote. The attack was initially believed to have left the child with a slash to the chin.

Investigators said Oglesby assaulted the child a second time later in the night because the boy “talked back to him” about having to go to sleep, according to a report. report from Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV. The second attack is said to be more violent than the first and includes bare-handed punches.

“Gerald explained right after he attacked [the victim] in his stomach, he knew he hit him too hard,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.

Oglesby told investigators that after hitting his son, he started acting strange. According to KTNV, Oglesby said the child “wasn’t able to walk properly” and lay down on the couch and started to get up. Oglesby told police he knew something was “wrong” with the child based on “the color and smell of its vomit”.

Instead of calling for medical help, Oglesby is said to have placed his son on the next couch and began “massaging his body to make him comfortable”. He then allegedly took an ice cube from the freezer and placed it on his son’s neck, but the boy didn’t move.

“[Oglesby] admit that something is wrong with [the victim] but he was afraid and did not want to call the police for help because we would not understand his method of discipline,” the affidavit read. “[Oglesby] said he didn’t want to lose guardianship [his son] and so he chose not to call for help.”

A court is said to have awarded Oglesby custody of his son in February 2021.

After CPR failed to resuscitate the boy, Oglesby told police he “knew the child was dead,” according to KTNV. He is said to have sent a text message to his sister saying his son died because “he hit it too hard”, then smoked marijuana and called 911. The 911 dispatcher instructed Oglesby performed CPR on his son, but Oglesby refused, saying he had tried CPR and it didn’t work.

Oglesby is scheduled to appear before the judge in Henderson on Monday.

[image via Henderson Police Dept.]

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