Police: Fayette boy, 4, beaten to death

Sep 14, 2011 Full story: Daily Courier

When her 4-year-old grandson ran and hid from his own mother, Sharon Smitley said she knew something was wrong.

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Grafton, WV

#1 Sep 14, 2011
Come on people....we are supposed to be protecting these little ones....judges,,,CPS,, nurses, doctors. We give parents too many chances. This is a perfect example! Let's not take them out of their home....they'll be okay!! Well....no they won't. They are beaten and abused as well as suffering till they are killed by the hands of the ones who are supposed to be their parents.

Latrobe, PA

#2 Sep 15, 2011
It's very upsetting to me when I think of this poor child who's been denied life. Denied the opportunity to live, love, mature and to possibly become someone better than the life his parents born him into.
I cry when I think how this boy suffered. And people attempt to comfort each other by saying "He's in a better world now". Do they know that for SURE?
As a father of 2 sons, I don't understand why the people of the surrounding area and CYS, who all say this situation developing, didn't take action to prevent this! The people who say they saw this coming and CYS should ALSO face charges in this case. No, he's not somewhere better now. He's just somewhere they can't abuse him anymore. I'm sure there are many others, like me, sitting here crying about it now. Others, like me, who would have lovingly taken this boy and provided him a happy, loving home where he would have been nurtured into a much happier adult. Why does this still happen with all the checks and stops we supposedly have in place? How can anyone see this happen and not do anything about it.
I Succurro

Grantsville, WV

#3 Sep 15, 2011
I was in the emergency room when the little boy was brought in. I overheard his "mother" in the hall explaining how he had "fallen down the stairs": meanwhile SHE was being comforted by several people gathered around her. Lots of crying and wailing--bet she's moaning now over bond of 250,000. Poor little boy. Can only imagine his continued suffering for years. Standing up for a worthless man by lying through her teeth. Jail is too good for these people. They both should be beaten to death just like this helpless little boy.

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