Saturday, January 19, 2013
A judge ordered a black man held without bail after he confessed to killing a 4-year-old boy in his care by punching him twice in the stomach when the child wouldn't take a nap
Jonathan Thompson, 31, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the youngster, Adonis Reed, who was found unconscious on a couch in an Amityville apartment. At Thompson's arraignment in Central Islip, prosecutors said that he struck the boy hard enough to lacerate his liver. They said that the black male had been babysitting the child for his primary caregiver, a godmother, and told investigators that he became angry when the boy wouldn't go to sleep. Dozens of relatives of the slain boy attended the court session. Some screamed and swore in the hallways after the proceeding, calling Thompson a "baby killer." An aunt of the boy, Lashon Reed, called the child "a God-given gift. He was wonderful. He was the love of our lives and he never hurt anybody. I just don't know what to say," she said.