Jalen Daniel, 14, died of an epidural hemorrhage (bleeding between his brain and skull) due to a skull fracture from blunt force trauma on February 5, 2016. His injuries were caused when his father beat him because of a failing grade. The attack left him covered in bruises with a fractured skull, kneecap and wrist. Jalen died after spending two days in hospital.
On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 a Louisiana jury found 45-year-old Furnell Daniel Sr. guilty on a manslaughter charge. The manslaughter conviction carries a prison sentence up to 40 years.
On Friday, Daniel admitted to beating his son with a wooden board.
He went on to acknowledge he should have gotten medical treatment for his son’s multiple injuries immediately instead of waiting nearly a full day to call paramedics.
During the four-day trial, authorities testified that Jalen needed assistance into the bathtub and bed on the night of the beating and woke up the following morning soaked in vomit and urine. It was then that his father sought medical care for him.
Daniel had originally told police Jalen had injured himself in a fall in the bathtub.
Doctors and investigators determined the story didn't explain Jalen's severe injuries. Jalen's brother told investigators that Jalen was injured when their father hit him several times with a piece of wood because of low grades. Authorities said Daniel used about a 4 1/2-foot length of hardwood that had been a railing on a baby crib to beat his son. Daniel didn't call police until 19 hours after the beating when Jalen became unresponsive. The bleeding in the brain led to heart failure.
Two of Jalen's sisters testified that the beating was not the first time Daniel had severely beaten his son. “My father had his foot in his back and started whipping him,” Juresia Daniel said of a particularly harsh beating when her brother was 7. “He cried and screamed.”
Jalen's family made the decision to donate his organs to help save others. Continue to rest peacefully Jalen...
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