Man sentenced for beating 4-year-old boy
A District man was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for abusing and beating a 4-year-old boy with drumsticks while he cared for the child for about a month last summer.
In sentencing 20-year-old Timothy Allen to six years and eight months in prison for abusing the boy, D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz called Allen’s actions “devastatingly cruel” and “inhumane.”
Allen’s co-defendant, his mother, Suzette Nicole Allen, 45, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15.
Both pleaded guilty in April to first-degree cruelty to children. Timothy Allen has been in D.C. jail since his arrest.
Prosecutors said the boy’s mother asked the Allens, whom she knew, to care for her young son and his older brother last summer. Prosecutors said that beginning July 15 and continuing for several weeks, the Allens beat the child with their hands and with drumsticks, causing the boy’s health to deteriorate so badly that he had trouble walking and was lethargic. Prosecutors would not identify the boy but in court used his nickname, “Batman.”
The Allens beat the boy for urinating in bed, not eating broccoli, being rude — and for “being a 4-year-old boy,” the prosecutors said.
In text messages between the Allens presented by prosecutors, they wrote to each other: “We come up with a new punishment.”
The boy’s mother picked up her son from the Allen family a month later. She noticed the injuries and rushed her son to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. Doctors said the boy had suffered multiple brain contusions; two lacerations to his liver; a hemorrhage in his abdominal cavity; two rib fractures; a fractured finger; a missing tooth; scars to his spine, abdomen, chest and inner thighs; and injuries to his forehead, eye, nose, jaw and chest. The boy was hospitalized for 17 days.
In court, Timothy Allen’s attorney asked Leibovitz for leniency, saying Allen was beaten himself as a child. Allen, standing next to his attorney, apologized for his actions.
Leibovitz also placed Allen on three years of supervised release, during which he is not allowed contact with children.