Murtadah Mohammad: New Hampshire dad arrested as 7-year-old son fights for life after being beaten, burned
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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: A Manchester man has been arrested and charged with several felonies for allegedly burning his 7-year-old son with boiling hot water and beating him with power cords. Jaevion was found unconscious at around 10.45 am on Tuesday, January 17, when Manchester police responded to an apartment on Eastern Avenue in Manchester.
The young boy was immediately rushed to the Manchester area hospital before being transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Jaevion suffered second-degree burns to 30% of his body, a fractured skull, broken ribs, and is currently in a coma, according to a GoFundMe for the child. Doctors reportedly stated that some of the injuries were caused by being immersed in scalding hot water.
Jaevion is currently fighting for his life in the hospital but his family believes he won’t be able to make it through. “He has a skull fracture, a brain injury, blunt force trauma to the head, rib fractures,” Rainah Riley, Jaevion’s mother, told WCVB. She added, “He died two times and had to be resuscitated with CPR and medication to be brought back to life.” She continued by saying that "it is absolutely gruesome, it is horrific, and it is sickening to look at. It makes me physically ill looking at my own son because of what this man did to him.”
The Manchester police launched an investigation into the incident and arrested Jaevion’s father Murtadah Mohammad, 25, on January 19 from his apartment. As per police, the father has been charged with one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of falsifying physical evidence, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
The reports also revealed that Mohammad told the first responders that he was taking shower when Jaevion got hurt. But the officers found no evidences that indicate that he had taken a fresh shower. However, he later told authorities that he used power cords and hot water, what he called forms of discipline, on the boy. "It looks as if it's from boiling water or oil, or just straight, just, maybe set on fire," Riley said responding to Mohammad’s claims. She added, "His tooth was kicked out, he has blunt force trauma to the head. This man was trying to kill my child."
Mohammad was granted shared custody of Jaevion, just a few months ago. Riley told NBC10 Boston that she even reported signs of abuse, like bruising, to the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families but no actions were taken. "I called for wellness checks on him when he was with him, for the bruising, and nobody did anything," Riley said. She further added, "The system has failed not only my child but so many children. And something needs to be done because this isn't OK. It's not. Like, when is enough?" Mohammad had been expected to be arraigned in Hillsborough County District Court in Manchester but he waived his arraignment on the morning of Friday, January 21, and did not appear in court.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Manchester police at 603-668-8711. Anonymous tips can also be called into the Manchester Crimeline at 603-624-4040.