Kenneth Coleman To Serve 20 Years For 2011 Murder Of Girlfriend's Child And 15 Years For Child Abuse

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Kenneth Coleman
Kenneth Coleman

A man charged with the 2011 murder of his girlfriend's four-year-old son and the near-death of his three-year-old brother pleaded guilty to second degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Kenneth Dewayne Coleman received 20 years for the murder charge and 15 years for the child abuse charges. 

Coleman was previously scheduled for trial in August. Originally, he faced felony murder and attempted murder charges.

He initially told police that they boy had only fallen down the stairs. However, he later admitted to striking the boys with a belt repeatedly.

He also said the boys had vomited earlier that day, complaining of stomach pains.

 

When they arrived at the hospital, doctors pronounced the oldest child dead on arrival and the youngest was taken into intensive care.

Doctors found abrasions and bruises on the forehead, arms, legs, and abdomen of the deceased child. 

The youngest son, in addition to also having bruises all over, was said to have dehydration and liver damage.

The girlfriend stated she had previously seen Coleman excessively discipline the boys. 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BATES, AMY LYNN 5924 PORTER DR HARRISON, 37341 29 Chattanooga DRUGS GENERAL CATEGORY FOR RESALE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA THEFT OF PROPERTY BOWLING, JERMICHAEL DEJUAN 5400 CENTRAL AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404 34 Chattanooga Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) BRYSON, ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Halloween On Raccoon Trail

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)

GPS Advances To Division IIAA Soccer Championship

MURFREESBORO - GPS defeated Brentwood Academy 3-0 to advance to the finals of the TSSAA Division II-AA soccer tournament.   The Bruisers scored one first half goal in the 38th minute off the foot of senior Lindsay Rufolo.   Fourteen minutes into the second half Emily Large added the first of two insurance goals. Six minutes later at the 60-minute mark Catherine ... (click for more)

Hixson Clinches 6-AA Title With Shutout Over Brainerd

Just about any coach will tell you that winning ugly is always better than winning pretty. Such was the case at Hixson Community Stadium on a frigid Halloween night as the host Wildcats finished off their regular season with a 19-0 win over the Brainerd Panthers. Hixson improves to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in District 6-AA while Brainerd is now 3-7 overall and 3-3 in 6-AA. It ... (click for more)