Keiff King, 26, (left) and Lisa Smith, 19, (right) have been charged with first degree murder in the death of Smith’s 4-year-old son. (Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office)
A Pennsylvania couple has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly beating to death a 4-year-old child for spilling his cereal, Fox News reports.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced Friday that the boy’s 19-year-old mother, Lisa Smith, and her boyfriend, Keiff King, 26, are being charged “for the senseless killing of young Tahjir (Smith).”
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KEVIN STEELE
CHARGES FOR MOM, BOYFRIEND UPGRADED TO FIRST-DEGREE
MURDER IN DEATH OF 4-YEAR-OLD TAHJIR SMITH ON JAN. 22
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (April 6, 2018) — Montgomery County District Attorney
Kevin R. Steele and Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy announce
the upgrading of charges faced by Lisa Smith, 19, and Keiff King, 26, both of
Willow Grove in Abington Township, to First-Degree Murder for the death of 4-
year-old Tahjir Smith on Jan. 22.
The First-Degree Murder charge was filed on April 4, 2018, after Forensic
Pathologist Dr. Ian Hood completed his autopsy of the child. On March 30,
2018, Dr. Hood opined that Tahjir Smith died from multiple blunt injuries,
thermal injuries and shock. The manner of death was listed as homicide. The
initial autopsy on Jan. 23, 2018, by Dr. Hood indicated that he was awaiting
further test results before making a determination as to manner of death.
“The forensic pathologist’s determination that Tahjir’s death was homicide
shows what detectives found in our investigation—that this was a violent,
sustained beating of a 4-year-old that caused his death,” said Steele. “And it
was a beating at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend and the mother, the very
person entrusted to care for the boy. The news of this boy’s death has
saddened and outraged many people. Two of our best prosecutors—First
Assistant District Attorney McCann and ADA Heron—will prosecute the case
and will strive to get justice for the senseless killing of young Tahjir.”
The investigation of Tahjir Smith’s death began at approximately 6:11 p.m.,
when Abington Township Police responded to a report of a respiratory
emergency. Paramedics arrived to find the boy limp and unresponsive. He was
transported to Abington Jefferson Health Hospital where he was pronounced
dead. Montgomery County Detectives and Abington Police began a joint
investigation that revealed that earlier in the day Tahjir had been beaten by
both defendants at their home in the 1800 block of Lukens Avenue after he had
spilled his breakfast cereal. He was repeatedly struck about the head and
The defendants were arraigned on the new charges by Magisterial District
Judge John D. Kessler via video from the Montgomery County Correctional
Facility, where the defendants have been since their initial arrest on Jan. 23,
2018. Bail is not available for First-Degree Murder charges. A preliminary
hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m., April 18, 2018 before Judge Kessler.
The case is being prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Edward F.
McCann Jr. and Assistant Chief of Trials Division Lauren Heron.
These are monsters that belong in cages and fed pig slop for he rest of their pathetic lives.
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