In January of 2012, Child
Protection Services received a complaint saying that a man was hitting
his girlfriend, Chelsie Powe, in the face and their three week
old son was present at the time. Reggie Delanie Harper was arrested on
suspicion of assault and the case was eventually closed without anyone
contacting the CPS. In May of 2012, another call came in saying that
Reggie was once again hitting his girlfriend and that he had scratched
the arm of the baby. Reggie and Chelsie were found to be guilty of
child abuse, but some how the couple retained custody of the child.
In May of 2013 the family moved to Michigan and CPS in that state
immediately got a call stating that Reggie had hit their three month
old son in the face because he didn't like that fact that he had been
crying. In the E.R. the Doctor found the baby to have broken vessel of
the eye, lacerations on his nose, a bruise on his bottom and his
abdomen. Reggie was arrested at that time and charged with assault and
Reggie and Chelsie quickly moved back to Minnesota and the charges
against him were dropped. CPS in Michigan reported to CPS in Michigan
about the incident and it was discovered that they couple were living
together and a motion was filed in court to have the children in the
home placed in foster care.
In February of 2014 the children went back to live with their mother
and CPS decided that she had done everything she had been required to
do in order to get her children back. Reggie was a different story, he
had not done anything that had been required of him and even though he
had not done anything he was required to do, the children were returned
to their care.
In December of 2014, a call came in to 911 and first responders found
Kazerion was not breathing so they started CPR on the one year old boy.
Kazerion was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where he later
died. Witnesses said that Kazerion had been attacked by his father
Reggie, a 23 year old man who had left the scene before Police got
Reggie was eventually found and arrested.
Chelsie Powe said that her relationship with Reggie had been an on and
off relationship and that she had met him at the funeral of her Aunt
and while she was now planning a funeral for her son, she was happy
that he could rest in peace since the man who killed him had been
"He was precious,
emotional, heart of gold. Perfect in every way, shape and form.
I can't believe this is happening. I just wanted a family. I just
wanted my kids to
have a father. I didn't know any of this was going to happen. All my
at heart were good"
Kazerion was supposed to turn two years old on New Years Day, Chelsie
was not having to plan his funeral. Sadly, I can't feel sorry for a
woman who has put her son in danger the way she did. Reggie hurt him in
the past and she knew it. Reggie refused to take classes to help him be
a better parent and she knew it. Reggie didn't follow the rules set
down for the family by CPS and Chelsie knew it, yet she allowed him
back into the life of her son. Wanting to have a father for her
children came before wanting to have a GOOD
father for her children.
It had only been about two weeks since Chelsie and Reggie had gotten
back together and they had all moved in with her sister, living in the
basement of her home. Chelsie admitted that she had watched as Reggie
had become angry when Kazerion would not stop crying, she watched as he
took the baby out of his playpen, put him on the floor and punched him
in the chest several times, the other children in the home were also
watching when this happened:
"He told me to shut up
and sit down or he would choke me out and I would die next.
didn't care I wanted him to stop. He didn't care his son was on the
toilet using the
watching. He didn't care about any of it. I'm just broken. I just want
my son right now. I want to be able to hold him again. Tell him I'm
sorry. I've been
for his forgiveness"
Again I say, it's sad that this woman didn't care about her son enough
to jump in and help him, she cared about herself and what would happen
, the pain SHE
would be in if she was beaten
like her son was. There is NEVER
an acceptable reason to stand by and watch a child be beaten to death
as long as you are able to get to that child, that child should NEVER
suffer so that a mother
doesn't have to.
Chelsie told Police that it took a few minutes and then Kazerion
stopped breathing and then Reggie and Chelsie's sister tried to do CPR
on him, it didn't work and after being transported to the hospital,
Kazerion was pronounced dead as a result of blunt for trauma injuries:
"This is a sickening
case of child abuse where our office and county child protection
all it could within the law to protect Kazerion and his older brother.
The mother had
everything social workers asked and as required by law, she was
reunited with her
Unfortunately, despite an order of protection against him, she allowed
back in the house. The complaint alleges that in a moment of shocking
Harper punched his son to death"
County Attorney - Mike Freeman
And THERE IT IS!
protection order to keep this man AWAY
from the children and Chelsie ignored that order and allowed that man
back in the house. Chelsie needs to face charges in this case, she
needs to realize that she was wrong and she needs to understand that
children are supposed to come first. Children are unable to protect
themselves against those who choose to abuse them and those who choose
to sit back and watch the abuse, like Chelsie did.
Chelsie said that she took Reggie back because she was hopeful that he
would change and become a good man:
"I believed God could
change him and I just honestly, I don't know. I'm asking myself
question, why did I take him back. I feel like a monster. I feel like
this is my fault
because I should have left him a long time ago and I didn't"
It's partly your fault, you didn't leave him when you should have and
to keep yourself from pain, you sacrificed your son. If anyone feels I
am being hard on this woman, I don't care. I am SICK TO DEATH
of reading about
mothers who are afraid of being hurt by men who are killing their
It was reported that Reggie had been convicted of a misdemeanor
violation of a restraining order only 14 months before the death of
Kazerion and that another woman had a restraining order against him for
"We're still trying to
conduct and investigation, but there was some on and off relationships
the mother and the father. But at this night, they were together"
Bruley - Deputy In Chief
Chelsie was in Family Court trying to keep custody of her other son and
her sister had this to say when they left the court room in relation to
if she should lose custody or not:
"I think she's going
through punishment enough. I think that that would be the
decision that could be made. I think it's good that he was caught, but
opinion is that I do not believe that he meant to murder his son. But
of his action and his rage is why he's being held accountable"
MY opinion is that ANY
you punch a child in the stomach over and over, it doesn't MATTER
if you "MEANT"
to murder them, you are
abusing that child, you have no business being AROUND
that or ANY
child and anyone who allows you
to be around that child after the law has done what was needed to
protect that child, should NOT
have any other children in their care. If a person PROVES
that they are not going to
make the right choices, they should not be shocked when their children
are taken away and I hope for the sake of the second child, that he IS
taken away and that Chelsie is
held accountable for HER
in the death of this little Angel.