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Mother who repeatedly beat 4-year-old son for his “mishaps” while sleeping found him cold to the touch shortly after the boy complained of having a headache; gets life sentence

Georgia – In a disturbing case from Georgia, a 26-year-old mother, identified as M. Sasfras, was sentenced to life imprisonment plus an additional 20 years for the horrific death of her 4-year-old son. This sentencing follows a heart-wrenching trial that detailed the torture and brutal killing of the young boy last year.

Judge T. Barrie delivered the verdict against Sasfras. Found guilty by a jury in May, she faced charges of felony murder, three counts of first-degree cruelty to children, and two counts of aggravated battery. The evidence presented in court depicted a grim pattern of abuse that ultimately led to the young boy’s death.

The boy’s father, J. Harris, who is also the codefendant in the case, faces his own set of charges. Indicted by a grand jury in May 2023, Harris is accused of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children. His trial is still pending.

The tragic day was February 11, 2023, when, at approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to an apartment complex, at the couple’s home. Upon their arrival, they found the unresponsive child and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In the aftermath, Sasfras provided a chilling account to the police. She claimed that her son had complained of a headache that morning and went back to sleep. Later, she found him unresponsive and cold to the touch. Despite attempts to revive him, including pouring water into his mouth, there was no response. It was only after a conversation with Harris that Sasfras made the call to 911.

The medical team at the hospital noticed extensive injuries across the boy’s body, including patterned injuries resembling those from a belt or cord. Notably, there was a mark around his neck that seemed to be from a ligature, and blisters around his wrists suggested he had been bound. A severe facial injury was also noted. The autopsy confirmed that the boy’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head. This fatal injury occurred approximately six to eight hours before his death.

During the investigation, Sasfras admitted to occasionally beating her children but failed to explain the multitude of injuries found on her son’s body. Investigators uncovered social media messages between Sasfras and Harris that revealed discussions about beating the 4-year-old boy for his mishaps while sleeping, such as wetting his bed.

Judge Barrie’s decision to impose a life sentence plus 20 years reflects the severity of the crime and the outrage over such an unimaginable act against a vulnerable child. As the community grapples with this tragedy, the legal proceedings for Harris loom on the horizon, promising more difficult days in court as the full story behind this heinous crime continues to unfold.

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