Meet 23 year old, Lashay Patterson of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She is the girlfriend of Christian Patrick.
And unfortunately, the mother of DaShawn Harris.
The reason I use the word ‘unfortunately’ is because of the incident that befell this young child.
During the late hours of Friday night and the early Saturday morning, Patterson called 911, claiming that she just found little DaShawn unconscious.
Paramedics soon arrived and rushed little Dashawn to Hahnemann Hospital.
Though doctors tried everything they could, little DaShawn was pronounced dead around 1:30am, Saturday morning.
After Patterson and Patrick were question for several hours by police, the couple were arrested and formally charged with murder.
The story that’s being told is this…
Patrick became angry with little DaShawn while teaching him to read and write. He began beating little DaShawn with a belt and burning him with hairdryer.
Patrick, the felon, was the teacher in this home school.
Patrick is no stranger to the court system – he was in March of 2008 found guilty of criminal conspiracy and manufacturing, delivering or possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a maximum of one year’s treatment at a long term residential in-patient substance abuse program, according to court documents.
Patrick the next year pleaded guilty to simple assault, for which he was sentenced to a maximum of 18 months of probation. Bench warrants were issued for Patrick’s arrest due to probation violations twice in 2009 and twice in 2010. The court filed multiple delinquency notices in 2011 and in 2012 for Patrick’s alleged failure to pay court fees.
Patrick was not the ‘ideal’ teacher nor role model for these children…
But I digress…
The father and paternal relatives of the little boy and his 3 year old brother, Daqwon, were distraught.
Patterson had just started to come between the visits of the boys and father, voiced many of the family members.
Tracy Merriweather, the boys paternal aunt, and Patterson’s next door neighbor in the 600 block of North 13th Street, claimed that she had become suspicious of physical abuse.
She said that during the summer, she had began to notice bruises and sres on her nephews. She stated that when she asked Patterson about the marks, Patterson stopped the children from coming over.
Her neighbors were unaware of the issues and some forgot she had children because the children were home schooled and never came outside.
The residents of West Poplar Apartments are left shocked.
But the Patterson family thinks that it was a mistake.
Patterson’s family says Dashawn’s death was an accident. “He had gotten a spanking. And then his condition got worse, and she called the ambulance,” Patterson’s mother, Shelby Frazier, said.
Ladonna Owens-Frazier, Patterson’s older sister, said, “I know deep down that Lashay and Christian didn’t mean for this to happen.”
Patterson and Patrick initially told police Dashawn had fallen off his bike. But they later said they had been teaching the boy school lessons at home, and they admitted to striking the child as punishment, Riehl said.
DaShawn’s father, Francisco Harris says he’s still hurting inside and trying to wrap his mind around what has happened.
Shaking my head don’t even BEGIN to describe the range of emotions I’m having with this one…
I am so sad that this child’s life is lost, but if the family was suspicious, why not do anything?
Now if you’ve read my blog long enough, you know how I feel about family duties…
And I think that this child’s family failed him…Miserably…
I mean…The cousin was right next door, and never just walked into the house and asked the woman what was going on?
Lord, have mercy!!
Pest In Paradise Little DaShawn…
Rot In Piss Lashay and Christian!!