June 2, 2014: Today, 26 year old Christian Patrick and 25 year old Lashay Patterson each pleaded guilty to Third Degree Murder, Conspiracy, EWOC, and PIC for the death of Patterson’s 5-year-old son Dashawn Harris. Both defendants were immediately sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison by the Honorable Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi.
On December 1, 2012 at approximately 1:18am, Philadelphia Fire Fighters responded to 645 N. 13th Street and found 5 year-old Dashawn Harris unconscious, cold, and without any signs of life. The child was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where he was officially pronounced deceased a half-hour later. The child had been in the custody of his mother, defendant Lashay Patterson, and her boyfriend defendant Christian Patrick before his death. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was multiple blunt impact trauma to the child’s entire body, and there were additional signs of the little boy having been burned. The child also showed signs of healing traumatic injuries. The defendants each gave a statement at the time of arrest- Patterson said that she preferred her boyfriend to “discipline” the child because he could hit harder, and Patrick admitted to beating the child for hours with punches and a belt. They had been beating the 5 year-old for the three months prior to his death.
ADA Bridget Kirn successfully prosecuted this case.