April 6, 2006 - July 1, 2008
A Grave Memorial
Dolis Yvonne Alexander says that her
boyfriend did not
hurt her son:
"My son is very fragile he has
problems and past medical problems.
He is fragile to anything,"
Stating that her son was a miracle
baby, she said
that she was not going to allow someone her son loved to go go jail for
something he didn't do:
"My son has a bruise on his
forehead and a
scrap on his nose and his lip like he fell, you c
an see it. "I'm going to stick
beside my boyfriend
and I'm Braylon's mother and there is no
way. I know he didn't do it."
Lekedrin Smith had been dating Dolis
about a year when after leaving him to baby sit while she went to work
one day, June 30, 2008. According to Lekedrin, Braylon took a fall
"It was a tragic accident. By
the time I got
off the phone is when I heard Braylon outside crying,
I rushed outside and see him on
porch and I see him face down and he was trying to
get up. I asked him what happened
Kilo, I fell. It was all in one breathe in one motion
like he was out of breath he
Once I picked him up I consoled him. I thought
he was going to stand up, but he
there in front of me."
Braylon's mother Yvonne and Lekedrin
took him to
the North Metro Emergency room at about 7:30 pm on June 30, 2008 with
head injuries. Captain Charles Jenkins of the Jacksonville Police
says they were called by hospital staff:
"The Police Department got a
call from North
Metro Hospital on a call on suspected child abuse
before he was taken to Arkansas
Lekedrin told police that Braylon had
that morning and that he had not seen the first fall. He said that
the first fall, he had picked Braylon up and tried to get him to stand
and that he had fallen again. Lekedrin said that Braylon fell backward
the second time and then his body went limp. Lekedrin says that he
picked Braylon up and tried to resuscitate
him. During this time, Braylon was going in and out of consciousness
even vomited on Lekedrin at one point. Police were suspicious of this
since in his first statement, Lekedrin had said that he had given
CPR and in his second statement, he did not mention it.
Yvonne was still insistent that her
never do anything to hurt her son, saying that he loved him and that
son was so fragile that anything could hurt him:
"If this step was out and my
son was running
he would fall, and if he fell he had a hard impact on this
concrete. When the police came by,
Braylon died July 1, 2008 due to
massive head trauma
and Yvonne and her boyfriend, Lekedrin were still saying it was an
Police do not buy their version of what happened:
"The trauma caused to this
child could not
have been caused by an accidental fall"
said April Kiser.
According to police, Braylon had
that included redness on his butt that was in the shape of a hand print
as well as multiple bruises on his forehead. Braylon also had a knot on
the back of his head.
On July 1, the Jacksonville Police
received a social
work assessment from the hospital. A doctor said that Braylon's
had included "a closed head injury with subdural hematomas of the
frontal lobes and in the and in the
fissure, global cerebral edema with loss of gray white differentiation
and effacement of the ventricles, skull fracture of the parietal and
area that is likely continuous with the overlying soft tissue swelling,
retinal hemorrhages in both eyes and the skin was noted to have
bruising with abrasions on the low back/upper buttocks as well as small
round bruises on the scapula, groin and abdomen".
Also in his statement the doctor said
that the injuries
could have been inflicted between 5:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the day
was taking care of him. He also determined that the injuries that
had sustained would not be consistent with a fall from a standing
or the height of a step, if there had been more than one fall, which is
what was claimed.
On July 2, 2008 A warrant was issued
for the arrest
of Lekedrin Smith with the charge being capital murder. Reporter
Yancy spoke with Lekedrin over the phone before he turned himself in:
"Are you going to turn yourself
"Yes, ma'am I'm turning myself
in today. I
didn't do anything wrong, I loved him"
Karen Farst said that physical abuse
is common in
homes where there is domestic abuse and parents may not think before
when their children become difficult to handle:
"There's probably about a
million kids a year
found to be substantiated as physically or sexually
abused or neglected"
"You need to have some defense
out ahead of time and be able to walk
away until you calm down. "nd if
you're still angry, then you need to have some
people to call and help out
Dr. Karen Farst -
Lekedrin Smith says there was no
anger involved in
what happened to Braylon:
"It was just a tragic accident.
I didn't do
About an hour after turning himself
was on his way to the Pulaski Country Jail, charged with capital murder
in the death of Braylon Alexander. With capital murder, prosecutors are
able to seek the death penalty.
The National Child Abuse And Neglect
says that more than 1,400 children died in the year 2005 as a result of
child abuse or neglect. Some experts disagree saying that the number is
most likely much higher and that due to improper recording of deaths
abuse or neglect, the numbers are not as high as they should be.
In August of 2011, Braylon's
grandmother contacted me and said:
was my first born grand-son. My sons only boy child. Braylon has a
sister, she is
5. I love him very much and miss him, thank u so much"
December 6, 2014 (Thank you Cat for
Here is an update from the ADC Inmate
Search in Arkansas:
Smith, Lekedrin D.
It seems that Lekedrin will be spending
about 30 years in prison.
Occurred in the state of Arkansas