Roderick “R.J.” Arrington was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and stepdad because he failed to read his Bible and finish his homework. Parents Markiece Palmer, 34, and Dina Palmer,27, are facing murder charges along with counts of child abuse and neglect for the late November beating death, reports the Daily Mail.

According to an arrest report that was released Monday, Arrington, a second grader, had recently relocated from Illinois to Las Vegas about three months ago; he had been living with his biological father and grandmother. The child went to live with his mother, Dina, and her new husband of only five months. It was the first time Arrington was meeting his stepdad.

Markiece told police that he only spanked Arrington twice, the first time for lying and the second time on that fateful day. The stepfather told police investigators that Arrington had allegedly told him that he hated him and had also informed him that he was not his father. However after further questioning, police uncovered the truth from Markiece that he had actually hit the child several times and had used items such as a belt, spatula, wooden paddle and his hands.

The mother also admitted to investigators that she had been present and actually participated in each beating as well.

On November 27, Markiece admitted to police that he spanked Arrington for lying about reading a biblical chapter. Dina also said that she had spanked her son on his buttocks with both a belt and her hand on the same day.

The next day, Markiece, a pastry chef and independent filmmaker, found out that Arrington’s homework had not been completed around 9:30 p.m. But, the child was fast asleep. The stepdad admitted to striking him with a belt on his buttocks for not finishing up his school work. He then said that during the altercation, the seven-year-old ran up against him with balled fists.

Markiece admitted to officers that it was at that point, he grabbed the child and shook him hard. Dina then interceded, spanking Arrington with a belt and then a paddle.

At some point during the whippings, the parents claimed that Arrington ran down some stairs and hit his forehead on a table. Markiece told the child to take a bath, then put cocoa butter on the open wounds on his buttock.

The child told Markiece he felt like throwing up, but his comments fell on deaf ears, so he went to bed and never woke up.

It was Markiece who found his stepson unconscious the next morning.  When Dina was alerted to her son’s condition, she called her pastor who instructed her to call an ambulance.

When Arrington arrived at University Medical Center, doctors discovered that he had major bruising about his torso and massive brain swelling.

The child was placed in the pediatric critical care unit and further examinations revealed that Arrington had suffered several strokes, had fixed pupils, bruising on his arms, abdomen, back, legs, buttocks and thighs.

Arrington was taken into surgery but passed away soon afterward.  The cause of death has not yet been released.

Police obtained a search warrant to investigate the Palmer’s residence and discovered a broken broom stick with what appears to be blood, belts, cords, spatulas and bloodied clothes.

Ironically, the Palmers appeared to be a loving and staunchly religious family.  Facebook postings by Dina depict a warm and loving mother who adored her son with comments like, “I love them with heart and soul!!!!” she wrote of Arrington and another child.

The Palmers are currently being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.

(Photo: NewsOne)

20 thoughts on “Mom, Stepdad Beat 7-Year-Old Boy To Death For Not Reading His Bible

  1. De'Carlo Griner on said:

    This is just another story before Christmas to show that Christians are bad. People need to stop beating Christians up in the country. Tru this is sad but you have to judge the reason they put this story up. Everyone knows this site is controled by muslims. Where is the story of the mom who killed her son for not memorizing the goran.

  2. DO NOT WASTE A PENNY OF TAX PAYERS MONEY IN COURT PROCEEDINGS OR THESE TWO LUNATICS!!!!! Why is it that everytime you have a set of parents who BEAT TO DEATH A CHILD THEY ALWAYS CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS OR THEY ARE SOOOO RELIGIOUS!! If this child didn’t read his bible, maybe it’s because the bible these people follow can’t possibly be the bible that the rest of us read! This child’s own mother didn’t have enough common sense to know that her bleeding whipped unconscious child needed an ambulance enough so, that she had to call her pastor first to get his take on it!. I don’t know how far under the jail these two piss poor excuses for human being can go, but please DO NOT call this a mental case and put them both on death row and quickly pull the switch. ARRINGTON DESERVE JUSTICE!!!

  3. This is a very sad moment. I can’t imagine what this adorable little boy suffered at the hands of those monsters. The punished that man will give them will not compare to the punishment God will give them. I have three kids and I would harm them or allow someone else to harm them. God bless this child and I know he is in a place now that know one can harm him. He is now with God!

  4. My first job was Dept Human Svcs/Child Protective Svcs and THESE PEOPLE are pure EVIL…nothing Godly about them. WHY did they not send this child back to live with his father, or his grandmother, and if not them, ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THEIR HOUSE OF HELL!!! May God have mercy on their souls because those murderers, rapists, killers, etc, in jail WILL NOT! They will give them a taste of their own medicine…

  5. They should suffer the same beating they gave that child. As for the comment black folks and their bible, it should be folk period and their misinterpretation of the bible………

  6. They are knuckle-draggers. If only the father had not relinquished custody simply because the mother “found Jesus and a new man”. Tooo many people “find God” and keep on doing the same hellish activities they did when they were unsaved.

  7. True Love is God. Do you think God would treat His children the same way…. I think not….. God’s word say “if you do it to the least of my little one’s, you’ve done it unto my” further more the bible say for parent NOT to provoke your children……Maybe the parent should go back and read the bible and get a real understanding… NOT just ZEAL…..

    • cldoubleu on said:

      In one post you quote or try to quote what’s in the Bible, then in another you pass judgment by saying they should be hung. SMH Boy, I tell you, black folks and their bible–trying to quote it and at the same time going against what’s taught. I often ask myself do bible-thumpers really know the book–NOT. Wow!

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  10. CRAZY!!! So much stupidity and very little common sense and parenting skills. This is not a real mother. If they claim to be christians, it would make it any more crazy!! A spatula?? REALLY?? I was raised by old school parents that beat me with extension cords and switches, but I never got open wounds, fractures or head trauma!!!They need to be put in jail forever and they deserve each other.

  11. Jermaine on said:

    The corrupt psychology of a book that was first stolen ,plagiarized, re mixed and fed back has claimed yet another victim. The Bible is nothing less than a ‘Slave Master’ created by MEN to exploit and control the masses. Spirituality is the way, NOT RELIGION.

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