Mom's Boyfriend Kills Boy, 2, After Becoming Enraged That Mom Brought Home Wrong Groceries: Prosecutors - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Mom's Boyfriend Kills Boy, 2, After Becoming Enraged That Mom Brought Home Wrong Groceries: Prosecutors

Due to potential flight risk, judge sets bail at $1M

Vigil for 2-Year-Old Boy Who was Beaten to Death

The family of Jamil Baskerville Jr. gathered outside the home he lived in to mourn the loss of the 2-year-old. Police say his mother's boyfriend beat the boy to death inside the home. (Published Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016)

A judge set bail at $1 million cash for a man accused of beating his girlfriend's toddler son to death, crushing the boy's liver, in South Jersey over the weekend in a fight that allegedly stemmed from the boy's mother buying the wrong groceries.

Judge Edward McBride arraigned Zachary Tricoche, 24, in the defendant's first court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Jamil "JB" Baskerville Jr.'s death.

Man Accused of Beating Girlfriend’s 2-Year-Old Son to Death Man Accused of Beating Girlfriend’s 2-Year-Old Son to Death

A judge set bail at $1 million cash for a man accused of beating his girlfriend's toddler son to death, after a fight that allegedly stemmed from the boy's mother buying the wrong groceries.NBC10’s Cydney Long reports on the trial that began with a child’s life being taken far too soon.
(Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016)

Authorities said the 2-year-old boy's mother called 9-1-1 Saturday night when she realized JB was unresponsive in the Pennsauken apartment on Mansion Boulevard near Frosthoffer Avenue where they live. But it was too late: Doctors at Cooper University Hospital pronounced the little boy dead shortly after midnight Sunday. Authorities said JB suffered injuries including severe blunt-force trauma to his organs and torso area, along with internal bleeding.

Jamil Baskerville Jr. was beaten to death in his Pennsauken, New Jersey home. The 2-year-old died Aug. 21, 2016 at the hospital.
Photo credit: Family Photo

The medical examiner ruled that JB bled to death internally after having his liver crushed.

Tricoche faces charges including first-degree murder.

In court, prosecutors mentioned an affidavit of probable cause that states Tricoche began arguing with the boy's mother and shoved her Saturday night when she returned home with groceries but hadn't purchased the food that Tricoche likes.

JB became upset at seeing his mother shoved that the 29-pound boy stepped in to intervene. Tricoche, enrage, shoved the boy so hard that Jamil hit the wall and struck his head, said prosecutors.

Tricoche then struck the boy again while telling JB to put his hands up and fight like a grown man.

Police investigated and quickly arrested Tricoche, who has past charges/convictions including drug trafficking and hindering apprehension, said prosecutors. Due to the flight risk, the judge set the bail at $1 million. Tricoche had no public defender in court Tuesday.

A source told NBC10 two of JB's siblings were also injured by Tricoche and more charges could be on the way. Man Faces Charges for Allegedly Beating Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Son to DeathMan Faces Charges for Allegedly Beating Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Son to Death

A man is facing murder charges after authorities say he beat his girlfriend's 2-year-old son to death at their Pennsauken apartment over the weekend. NBC10's Cydney Long is working on the story and will have more later Monday.
(Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016)

Neighbors told NBC10 the family moved in only a month ago and mostly kept to themselves.

"It breaks my heart," said Mabel Stevenson. "I can't even imagine what the parent, the family, feel like."

  

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