MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities say a 21-year-old Crystal man is charged with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, whom he admitted to hitting several times in the face with a shoe.
Quran Jabari Mitchell is charged with second-degree murder and is currently in custody, court documents filed Tuesday in Hennepin County show. Mitchell’s bail has been set at $1 million. He is not the boy’s father.
According to a criminal complaint, officers in the north Minneapolis suburb responded late Saturday night to a home on Adair Avenue after the boy’s mother called 911, saying her son wasn’t breathing. Officers found the child covered in bruises, unconscious and “very critically ill.”
Emergency crews brought the boy to Children’s Hospital, where he was placed on life support. Doctors discovered the child had suffered several episodes of cardiac arrest and was neurologically unresponsive.
The boy died Sunday night, the complaint states. Investigators say the boy’s mother told police that she saw Mitchell hit the boy with a shoe and punch and kick him.
The family that rents a room to Mitchell and his girlfriend reported to police that they heard loud thuds Saturday night coming from the room, followed by the boy crying and Mitchell yelling, “Shut up.”
When talking with police, Mitchell said that the child, who was ill, refused to lie down Saturday night, so he hit him in the face with a flip-flop “no more than five times,” the complaint states.
Mitchell also said he “used his foot” on the child, but made sure not to hit the boy too hard. During the interview, Mitchell also admitted to hitting the child on other occasions.
If convicted of the murder charge, Mitchell faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He is slated to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.