in 2000 - September 20, 2003
September 20, 2003 in Oakland,
young boy, was beaten to death by his father. Chazarus
Hill Jr. was
3 years old when he died. It seems that once again, an
agency that was
supposed to protect a child, failed to do so. Cha Cha
was rushed to the
E.R. at 2:00 am where he was pronounced dead.
as Cha Cha, endured
abuse for mistakes
such as giving a wrong answers when shown flash
cards. Neighbors had
Child Protective Services and found that nothing
would be done. Cha
Paternal Grandmother and Step Mother were both
witnesses to his abuse,
stood by and did nothing. Cha Cha's neighbors even
went so far as to
his mother and Maternal Grandmother when the abuse
got worse and CPS
nothing about it. Cha Cha was beaten with
sticks, belts and his
fists so much and so often that he was covered from
head to toe with
"They were playing a
game that used
flash cards, every time
the boy did something
like count '1,2,3,5,7,'
would be hit."
Oakland Police Officer
relative of of Cha Cha's had this
"I am really concerned
service never stepping
'hey, we saw
things. We knew
called and no one came out."
Cha's mother and Paternal
were on their way to go and get him, after calling
CPS and asking them
to protected him until they got there, but by the
time they arrived,
Cha was already dead. Cha Cha's Grandmother and
mother were both crying
while being interviewed and his Grandmother stated
that if CPS had done
something, he would be alive.
case was called "the worst case
of child abuse
they've ever seen. " by the the Alameda County
Coroner's office. Cha
died from cerebral hematoma, or swelling of the
admitted to beating Cha
he later tried to blame the fatal beating on his
wife who has had
children taken away from her by CPS. In court,
Charles asked the Judge
"I want to know where she is right now. ... It's
supposed to be a trial
was charged with one
count of murder
with a great bodily injury clause, and two felony
counts of child abuse
and assault on a child causing great bodily injury
or death. If Charles
is convicted he faces life in prison.
of only five months,
Ford Hill, was charged with one count of abuse
likely to cause great
harm or death. Kymberly faces ONLY
six years in prison if she is convicted.
Cha with his cousin Samiya
years for stepmom in young boy's death
2004 by Glenn
Chapman, STAFF WRITER
OAKLAND -- Kymberly Dashon
to four years in prison Tuesday for permitting the
beating death of her
3-year-old stepson, Chazarus "Cha Cha" Hill
sat with Deputy Public
Ryals in a jury box to the right of Alameda County
Superior Court Judge
Thomas Reardon and declined an opportunity to
comment before he
only person to address Reardon
for the record
was Deputy District Attorney Jill Klinge, who told
the judge she was no
longer lobbying for Ford-Hill to be given the
maximum sentence of six
in prison. Klinge credited the shift in position to
testifying against her 24-year-old husband, Chazarus
Hill Sr., at a
don't believe it's enough time for
Cha Cha's 31- year-old aunt, Tonya Foster, who sat
in the gallery with
the boy's biological mother during the brief
sentencing hearing. "You
stand around while this beating is being put on
she believes Ford-Hill
more to the fatal beating than she is leting on.
Foster paused outside
the courtroom to hug the slain boy's mother, Tyrinza
were streaked with tears. Brown wore a white sweat
shirt with the words
"Char Char My Baby."
years in prison was the middle
allowed by law. The "aggravated term" of six years
would have called
Reardon to determine Ford-Hill had a prior criminal
the harsher punishment.
addition to the prison time,
Reardon ordered Ford-Hill
to pay a $5,000 fine to a fund for witnesses and
includes a January 2000 arrest for leaving four of
her children, then
10 years through 4 months, in a car outside
while she and a friend shopped, according to
Pleasanton police who took
her into custody at that time on suspicion of child
no record of being
convicted of the
Pleasanton charges, but those children were removed
from her custody.
record shows a prior felony conviction in Santa
Clara County for
and that she was on probation for a welfare fraud
conviction at the
of her September arrest in connection with Cha Cha's
was represented by
Deputy Public Defender
Kathy Ryals, was charged with abusing a child or
allowing such abuse.
married Hill five months before Cha Cha's Sept. 20,
24, faces trial on charges of
murder with a
great bodily injury clause, and felony child abuse
and assault on a
causing great bodily injury or death. He has pleaded
not guilty to the
the abuse of
the boy spanned
weeks. His body was battered from head to toe. An
autopsy concluded the
toddler died from a brain injury.
admitted he hit his son as
punishment for erring
in a counting and ABCs game, police said. Ford-Hill
was often there
Hill beat his son, both in Oakland and at a
relative's home in San
according to police detectives. Cha Cha was
apparently being pressured
to learn quickly so he could be passed off as an
older child in a
has filed a civil lawsuit
against Alameda County
Child Protective Services and the Oakland Police
Department for not
swiftly to signs her son was in peril. The Chino
resident had left Cha
Cha in his father's care.
wife of a man accused of beating
son to death last year was in court Friday to
recount the day of
abuse Chazarus Hill Sr. waged on his son before the
child passed out
Ford-Hill said the
"Cha Cha" Hill Jr., was subjected to a day of
whippings, kicking and
"upside the back of the head" before he finally died
told the story at a preliminary
hearing for Hill
Sr., who faces charges of murder with great bodily
injury, felony child
abuse and assault on a child causing great bodily
injury or death.
her back to her husband, a
gave mostly one-word answers to questions posed by
District Attorney Jill Klinge.
Ford-Hill through a
statement she gave
police after she was taken from San Leandro
Hospital, where she and
Sr. drove the 3-year-old boy.
one graphic explanation, she
testified about how
Hill Sr. began to kick his son "like three times"
after the boy
on the kitchen floor.
was just trying to fall asleep,"
why she didn't call a doctor or
take the boy
for help when she saw bruises on his body, Ford-Hill
said, "I don't
Maybe I thought my husband would get in
guilty to a charge of abusing or endangering the
health of a child. She
could face a maximum of six years behind bars, but
Klinge said she will
notask for the maximum penalty.
Bill Daley, who was
defend Hill Sr., tried to discredit Ford-Hill's
testimony by implying
is trying to avoid the maximum penalty.
Klinge said no deal was
and that of a
in the day were a preview of the graphic
descriptions of beatings
to be given during a trial later this year.
pathologist, Dr. Paul Herrmann,
said "there were
so many blows to his (Chazarus') scalp, I can't even
and cuts to his cheeks, neck, chest, abdomen,
buttocks and legs.
of those injuries were a result
Hill Sr. gave his son using switches -- long sticks
similar to a tree
Ford-Hill dozens of
pictures from inside
two houses the couple stayed in. Each photo
contained switches, found
both houses and inside the car of Hill Sr.
Oakland man charged with murder in
the 2003 death
of his 3-year-old son "Cha Cha,'' who was regularly
beaten with belts
switches for failing to learn his ABC's and numbers,
of involuntary manslaughter.
Sr., 27, was found
guilty by an Alameda
County jury of four men and eight women. Hill, in a
polo shirt, sat perfectly still resting his head on
his hands as the
was read at about 10:30 a.m. His sentencing is
scheduled for March
carries a possible
sentence of up to six years, Hill could still serve
up to 28 years to
in prison _ the equivalent sentence of a murder
conviction _ for his
conviction on charges of felony assault on a child
under the age of 8
death, Deputy District Attorney Darryl Stallworth
December, jurors found Hill guilty
on the assault
charges and child abuse, but had been unable to
settle on the primary
of first-degree murder and deliberated for nearly
two weeks before and
after a break for the holiday season.
lengthy deliberation and
decision apparently revolved around one juror, who
of Hill's intent to murder Cha Cha, Stallworth said
after speaking with
all the jurors after the verdict.
juror believed there was not
evidence to show Mr. Hill knew the beatings could
result in Cha Cha's
he said. ``The other jurors felt differently as well
as I did, that Mr.
Hill should receive at least a second-degree murder
he was disappointed
with the verdict,
but respected the jury's careful deliberation.
know they worked hard, and I'm
sure this will
help bring closure to the family,'' he said outside
can bring this kid's life back, though. The pain for
will always be there.''
Daley, said he felt
the verdict was appropriate. ``I think justice was
served,'' he said.
think the prosecution was somewhat over-reaching in
murder. In this situation, we were dealing with a
man and his son,
with different traditions on discipline. I don't
believe he ever
to kill his son.''
was originally charged with
and child abuse after his son Chazarus ``Cha Cha''
Hill Jr. died Sept.
30, 2003. The boy, who authorities say was punched,
kicked and beaten
belts and switches when he made mistakes on his
alphabet and numbers,
and was driven to San Leandro Hospital by Hill and
his wife, Kymberly
Doctors at San Leandro pronounced Cha Cha dead.
autopsy later showed the cause of
death was a
brain hemorrhage brought on by trauma to the head.
The boy's body was
in purple bruises, and his legs swollen, as seen in
in the courtroom during the two-week trial. A
neighbor testified that
Cha ``walked like an old man'' and grimaced when
hugged, telling her,
daddy punched me.''
testified in his own defense,
saying he had
no intention of killing Cha Cha and had merely
wanted the boy to do
on his numbers and the alphabet. He admitted he
would regularly beat
Cha when he made mistakes on flash-card tests, but
said he did not
the child in the head.
conceded that Hill had beaten
the child in
an attempt to get him to learn, but argued that
other factors may have
contributed to Cha Cha's fatal injuries, including
and falls and the fact that other adults _ including
Ford _ had access
to the boy and may have administered the deadly
blows to the head.
April 2004, Ford pleaded guilty to
abuse for not doing enough to stop Hill from beating
the child. She was
sentenced to four years in state prison, was
released from custody in
and testified in Hill's trial.
had spent most of the first two
years of his
life with his mother, Tyrinza Brown of Southern
California, but moved
Oakland in 2003 to live with his father and Ford.
26 to life for
Sr. took the life of
son four years ago, so the court should take his,
family members said
during the sentencing of the convicted killer.
putting the 27-year-old on death
row wasn't an
the day his son "Cha Cha"
turned 7 years old, the court gave Hill at least 26
years behind bars
the jury decision that found he killed his
Superior Court Judge
said he sympathized with the family's demand but was
mandated by state
law in what kind of sentence he ordered.
and uncle said Hill should be punished in the same
manner he punished
own son for not learning his "abc's and 1, 2, 3s"
man should not live," said
David Brown, the
boy's uncle. "He didn't feel any remorse for (what)
he did. It's like
another day. He should get the death penalty."
family members cried as various
"Cha Cha" spoke before the judge and toward Hill.
no emotion as he sat with his head down at the
did not speak when asked if he
wanted to give
just want to know why," said
Tyrinza Brown, the
boy's mother. "He wasn't a bad boy, as far as his
abc's, he knew all
think (Hill) owes me that much, to
tell me why,"
was originally charged with
and child abuse after his son Chazarus "Cha Cha"
Hill Jr. died Sept.
jury, however, found Hill guilty
of the lesser
involuntary manslaughter charge which carries a
maximum of six years in
prison. However, they also found him guilty of
felony assault on a
under the age of 8 causing death, which carries a
sentence of 28 years
to life, the same penalty associated with
boy, who authorities say was
and beaten with belts and switches when he made
mistakes on his
and numbers, collapsed and was driven to San Leandro
Hospital by Hill
his wife, Kymberly Ford.
testified in his own defense,
saying he had
no intention of killing "Cha Cha" and had merely
wanted the boy to do
on his numbers and alphabet. He admitted he would
regularly beat "Cha
for making mistakes on flash-card tests, but said he
did not strike the
child in the head.
that Hill had beaten the child in an attempt to get
him to learn but
that other factors may have contributed to Cha Cha's
typical childhood accidents and falls and the fact
that other adults,
Ford, had access to the boy and may have
administered the deadly blows
to the head.
previously pleaded guilty to
felony child abuse
for not doing enough to stop Hill. She was sentenced
in 1994 to four
in state prison.
was sentenced on three separate
morning. However, because of state criminal laws,
the only charge he
serve is the 28 years to life. Kingsbury also gave
Hill credit for
four years he already spent behind bars, which means
Hill will be
for parole in 17 years.
Stallworth said he
doubts Hill will win parole when his time is up and
said he hopes the
learns from the tragic death of "Cha Cha."
incarceration and punishment
teach other men," Stallworth said. "This should also
be seen as an
to save other babies and lives."
grandmother, said she
was satisfied with the sentence and thanked the
community, from city
to media outlets, for their support.
am satisfied because I know he
will never get
out. He will never be able to enjoy his life," she
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