Tuesday, June 23, 2009

5-year-old Dies from Blunt Force Trauma by Christopher Mack

A preliminary autopsy report reveals 5-year-old Sincear Kirven of Mexia died of blunt force trauma.

Arrest warrant affidavits state that the boy was beaten to death Sunday by his uncle, who struck the boy and his 3-year-old brother repeatedly with a belt.

Christopher Mack, 22, was arrested Monday in Limestone County, and is being held in jail there on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Andrea Shante Thomas, 24, the woman with whom Mack was living, also was arrested on those charges Monday, and is being held in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of $525,000 bail.

Sincear, his 4-year-old and 3-year-old brothers, and 7-year-old sister were staying with their uncle, who was visiting his girlfriend, Thomas, at her apartment on 1708 E. Crest Drive in Lacy-Lakeview, the affidavit states.

Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman with Child Protective Services, said the four children live in Mexia with their mother, Brandi Mack, and their great-grandmother.

After the beatings, CPS officials placed the three remaining children in foster care until a hearing is set to determine otherwise, Gonzales said.

According to Limestone County court records, Mack was convicted in March on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child and evading arrest. He was sentenced to probation, records show.

Just before midnight Sunday, Lacy-Lakeview police were dispatched to Providence Health Center in connection with the alleged beatings.

Mack had driven Sincear to the hospital, and told doctors that the boy collapsed in the apartment.

The affidavit states Sincear had “extensive visible injuries” including “bruises, abrasions and lacerations to his head, arms, front and back torso and legs.” The injured child was brought to the hospital by another family member, the affidavit states, and was said to have suffered similar injuries.

Police later learned from talking with witnesses that Mack had repeatedly beaten the boys with a belt. The affidavit states that Sincear was beaten until “he passed out and was not moving.”

According to the affidavits, Thomas was present at the time of the beatings, and did nothing to stop it, call the police or seek medical attention for the boys.

Medical staff told police that Sincear had been dead about an hour at the time when he was brought in by his uncle. The injured child has been treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, according to a news release issued today by the Lacy-Lakeview Police Department.

It is unclear why Mack, who is reportedly from Mexia, and his nephews were staying in Lacy-Lakeview. The news release states that Mack was watching the boys for the Mexia-based family.

An autopsy has been ordered on Sincear’s body.

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