By Hector Becerra | LA Times
December 15, 2009 | 6:23 p.m.- One month after pleading guilty, a South Los Angeles man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for beating his ex-girlfriend's 6-year-old son to death.
Compton Superior Court Judge John Cheroske sentenced Marcas Catrell Fisher, 36, to the maximum term for first-degree murder.
Fisher killed Dae'von Bailey on July 23 in South Los Angeles as the boy's 5-year-old half sister -- who was Fisher's daughter -- watched from the corner of a room, unable to scream. The girl would later tell social workers that she had seen her brother tied up in the hallway, crying, as her father beat him.
…In the last three months before his death, Dae'von twice told authorities that he had been physically abused by Fisher, but both times he was left with the man who eventually killed him.
…Majella Maas, the boy's kindergarten teacher at Lakewood's Riley Elementary School, told the court that Dae'von's death left not only his family grief-stricken. Later, Maas said the boy was the most affection-hungry child she had encountered in 28 years of teaching, always asking for hugs.
After the sentencing, she went to his grave site in a Compton cemetery. It bears no marker, she said, but a cemetery worker knew where it was and led her there. He had made a makeshift marker for Dae'von's grave, Maas said.
- smf: pardon my outrage, but there’s a name for the authorities who left Dae’von with Fisher: Accomplices.
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