Little boy, 5, ‘tortured to death after family cause horror brain bleed and mutilate his genitals – and then BLAME him’
A LITTLE boy was tortured to death after his family allegedly caused a horror brain bleed and mutilated his genitals – before BLAMING him.
Keaton Boggs, 5, tragically died from his injuries last March – and three of his relatives will now face separate trials into his death in West Virginia.
The 5-year-old, who tragically died in hospital on March 20, reportedly sustained bleeding on his brain and to his eyes, bruising all over his body, and ear trauma.
He allegedly also had a laceration to his penile shaft and injuries to his testicles and inner thigh.
Doctors said that his brain injuries were irreversible.
The little boy's grandmother Michelle Boggs, 49, and her daughter and son-in-law Chasity and Peter Wodzinski, 29 and 32, have now been charged with the death of the child.
But the trio pleaded not guilty – and instead claimed the boy's injuries were caused by self-harm or accidents.
They started caring for the 5-year-old after his dad died in June 2019.
Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Romano said that Michelle Boggs, the boy's paternal grandmother, and Chasity Wodzinki, his paternal aunt who is married to Peter Wodzinski, were all living in the same home together with the boy.
Prosecutors said Keaton Boggs’ injuries were in various stages of healing.
They also claimed his guardians covered up evidence of the abuse with makeup.
Last year, two people close to the family told the media that calls were made to the Department of Health and Human Services and its Bureau for Children and Families about the 5-year-old weeks before he died.
State police reportedly recovered images and text messages from Michelle Boggs and Chasity Wodzinski’s phone which they are set to use to support the claim that Keaton was abused for an extended period of time.
If convicted, the three face 15 years to life in prison.
Peter Wodzinski is expected to be tried first on March 1.
The other two trials are scheduled for March 29 and April 19 – but they may be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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