A seven-year-old boy has been beaten to death by his stepfather and mother for not reading his Bible, authorities said. Markiece Palmer, 34, and Dina Palmer, 27, were charged with murder last week along with other counts of child abuse and neglect. Roderick Arrington, seven, was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas last Thursday unconscious and with brain swelling. He died the following day.
The arrest report details extensive injuries, including bruising over Roderick’s whole body and open wounds on his buttocks, allegedly from being beaten with a belt. The police report also revealed that Roderick was violently shaken by his stepfather.
When the little boy was unresponsive last week, Dina Palmer called her pastor who advised her to dial 911.
As if none of this other crap raises a giant red flag, that alone should do it. The first thing the mother did after helping her husband beat their son to death is call her goddamned pastor, telling the world that even in a life or death situation, her first instinct was to go to a “man of God” … not the paramedics. What the hell was he going to do? Pray for him? God certainly didn’t see fit to intervene when he was getting beaten to death; he sure as hell isn’t going to help now.
And to think that his death was caused by two people so helplessly brainwashed into thinking that it’s better off to beat their child than let him “get away” with not reading the bible, thus compromising his spiritual well being, is absolutely heartbreaking. The fact that a child lost his life without even getting a decent shot at it is horrible in itself, but to think that there are still people like this in this part of the world is more than a little frightening.