Published: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 10:42 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 10:44 PM
Eric Velasco -- The Birmingham News
A Jefferson County judge dismissed a child abuse charge against a mother today in the beating death of her 2-year-old son, but allowed a related capital murder case to proceed against her boyfriend.
District Judge Sheldon Watkins ruled that evidence concerning the Sept. 16 fatal beating of Antauan Palmore did not support a charge of felony child abuse against the mother, Erin Wills, 25.
Antauan died on Sept. 20.
Wills told Birmingham police that she left her boyfriend, Demarcus Williams, in charge of Antauan and siblings ages 4 and 5 while she attended a church tent revival, testified John Tanks, a Birmingham police detective, during a preliminary hearing today.
When she returned, she saw Williams squeezing the child's torso and hitting him, Wills told police.
Watkins found probable cause to support the charge of capital murder of a child against Williams, 21, and bound over the case to a grand jury. He declined to set bond for Williams, who is being held at the Jefferson County Jail.
"This is a case where a woman made a bad choice of boyfriends and unfortunately it resulted in the death of her child," Wills' lawyer, Eric Guster, said after the hearing. "It was a tragedy. There is almost sn epidemic here of children being abused by someone who is not a blood relative." FULL STORYIt's not "almost an epidemic". It's a plague of immorality. Shacking up with a boyfriend is the path to hell. Boyfriends have NO "natural affection" for other guy's kids-, and they are the #1 baby rapists and child abusers and killers, at the TOP of any statistical data.