Deputy Coroner Says Child Died From Multiple Blunt Force

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A report by Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Sam Weakley says a six-year-old Elizabethtown boy died this week from repeated, punishing blows from a hand, fist and possibly a belt.

First-grader Mar'riel Lucas died Wednesday morning at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

The boyfriend of the child's mother was charged with murder Wednesday afternoon. Antwan Hayes, 22, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hardin District Court. Police say Hayes confessed to beating the boy sometime before midnight Tuesday while the boy's mother, Danial (DAN'-yell) Lucas, was at work. The criminal complaint against Hayes claims he neglected to help the boy after striking him.

Hayes was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 full cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 24th. He has requested a public defender as counsel.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Sep 4, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    I agree, our lawmakers need to wake up and make the punishment for this type of crime tougher. I also cannot understand why a woman who be out working her butt off to support a dead beat boyfriend! If he cared anything about her, then he would have his a** out there working while she was at home taking care of the children! Wake up women, you don't need another mouth to feed, THINK ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN, not a man who refuses to work and take care of you.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Sep 4, 2007 at 10:15 AM
    It is an almost everyday thing in our state now, to see on the news that another child has been killed, or another family has been blown away by some "MAN". I hope it is making our lawmakers take another look at the laws on the books, and reconsider most of them. Until people know they are going to be punished appropiately for their crimes, these murders will continue. Why should we, as taxpayers, pay for them to relax in an air conditioned jail for 20 years, eating 3 hot meals a day, and doing nothing but laying around on their ***, which is what they did before they went in anyway. Only difference is, that they can't get their drugs and booze in jail.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 4, 2007 at 05:53 AM
    Maybe if we start holding the mothers accountable for their children and the fact that they're leaving them with boyfriends who are nothing but trash, this will change. Is it really more important to you than your child to have a man in your life??? Pathetic.
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    i hate this kinda of stuff the man needs to burn alive slowly that little boy didnt deserve this 9 times out of 10 the little boy was abused anyways the mother probally knew the boyfriend was a child beater cause he had to do this before not as bad but he just got a little harder i hope women learns from this dont never leave your child with a live in boyfriend if you dont want it to happen to your child or children
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Aug 31, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    IT JUST SADDENS ME TO NO END THAT ADULTS ARE THERE WITH REGARD TO NOTHING KILLING BABIES AND HE IS A BABY.WHY CAN'T JUST COME ACROSS A SITUATION LIKE THAT TO PREVENT THESE SICKOS FROM DOING THIS.MOTHER OUT THER WORKING HER BUTT OFF WHILE A DEAD BEAT IS BEATING HER BABY AT HOME.THEY WIL;L GET HIS (edited) IN PRISON.YOU CAN LOCK THAT UP.
  • by JAKE Location: RICHMOND on Aug 31, 2007 at 07:56 AM
    HOW COULD SOMEONE DO THAT TO A KID OR ANOTHER PERSON FOR THAT MATTER..WE HAVE TO MAKE THE PUNISHMENTS MORE SEVERE FOR THESE ANIMALS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN..THESE PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING..

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