December 18, 2013- Today, 25 year old Nadera Batson was sentenced by the Honorable Barbara McDermott to 28 1/2 to 57 years in prison for the brutal beating death of 3 year-old Jacquinn Brewton.
The defendant took Jaquinn in when the little boy’s mother was unable to care for him. Over a period of 3 months, the defendant beat the child from head to toe. She used a blow torch to punish him for not being able to use the potty. Additionally, the defendant burned his feet by pouring hot liquid over him, resulting in him losing the ability to walk based on the severity of the injury.
On June 29, 2011, the child was found by first responders in full arrest in the hallway of the defendant’s rooming house in West Philadelphia. He remained hospitalized at CHOP until his death 2 weeks later from a pancreatic laceration caused by blows to his stomach with the force of a car accident.
At sentencing today, the judge noted that 99 out of 100 Philadelphians would agree the defendant’s actions were pure evil. The death of this little boy had a rippling effect which impacted not only his immediate family, but also the first responders who cried during their testimony, the jury, and the City who saw pictures of a beautiful little boy reduced to a horrific unnatural death.
The defendant was tried before a jury and convicted of the crimes of Third Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Endangerment of the Welfare of a Child, and Possession of an Instrument of Crime (blowtorch). ADA Bridget Kirn successfully prosecuted this case.