Deetrick Brown

Photo of a TV screen. On the screen is a small African-American boy with a solemn expression on his face.Name: Deetrick Brown.
Died: January 16, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: La Quinta, California, USA.

Details:
Deetrick died of abusive head trauma that caused repeated seizures in the months before his death. His parents argued that, rather than being abused, Deetrick was a “drug baby” who had an intellectual disability, epilepsy, and autism, and that it was this that had caused his death.

When Deetrick died, a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to go to trial. But ten years later, the case was re-opened and reexamined, and his father and stepmother were arrested.

It is unlikely that Deetrick was autistic; rather, his disability was the result of his parents’ mistreatment. However, because his parents used autism as a way to cover for murder, his story is included here.

References:
Closing Arguments Scheduled in Trial of La Quinta Woman Accused in Toddler’s Murder
Woman found guilty of 2nd degree murder for toddler’s death
Husband acquitted, testimony continues for wife in toddler murder trial
New Trial Sought For La Quinta Woman Convicted In Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened
New Trial Sought For RivCo Woman Convicted in Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened

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