Chazarus “Cha Cha” Hill, Jr

Chazarus “Cha Cha” Hill, Jr

Death 22 Sep 2003 (aged 2–3)
California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 16957339 · View Source
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OAKLAND, Calif. - A man beat his 3-year-old son to death when he didn't know his numbers or his alphabet, a prosecutor said during opening statements of his murder trial Thursday.

Chazarus Hill is on trial in Alameda County Superior Court for the 2003 death of Chazarus "Cha Cha" Hill Jr, who died from swelling in his brain. Pictures showed severe bruising on his face and body and marks from being hit with a belt.

"His internal bleeding was causing him to be so sleepy. But the defendant would pull his ears to make him wake up. And when he couldn't do his numbers, (Hill) beat him more," prosecutor Darryl Stallworth said.

Hill, 27, who's also charged with child abuse, hung his head in his hands and wiped his eyes with a tissue. Some jurors sobbed uncontrollably, and many wiped their eyes repeatedly.

Hill's attorney, William Daley, said he won't dispute his client used corporal punishment, or that the bruises on Cha Cha's body were the result of his beatings. But Daley said Hill did not intend to kill the child.

The boy's death prompted Alameda County Child Protective Services to change its policies.

A social worker had recommended an immediate inquiry into the reported abuse in Cha Cha's case, but was overruled by a supervisor who said a slower response was appropriate.

Now, the department has a manager review all cases when a case worker and a supervisor disagree on response times.

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