Buffalo, NY - A man has been found guilty of beating his 10-year-old stepson to death with a rolling pin after arguing with the boy about homework.
Prosecutors say that on April 17, 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud climbed out a window of his home and ran down the street. A neighbor driving by saw the boy running with his stepfather, 41-year-old Mohamed Mohamud, chasing after him. She pulled over and gave Mohamud a ride so he could catch up to his stepson.
After catching up to the boy, Abdi told the woman he did not want to go back home with his stepfather, but Mohamud pulled Abdi into the vehicle and the neighbor took them back home. The neighbor said she stood at the entrance and asked Abdi if he wanted to come study at her house, but Mohamud told her he wasn’t going to do anything to the boy and she could leave.
According to Mohamud, Abdi would not stop trying to flee the house after the neighbor left, so he used electrical cord to tie him to a chair in the basement. When the boy would not stop screaming, he duct-taped a sock in Abdi’s mouth. Mohamud said that it wasn’t until after Abdi kicked him in the groin that he struck the boy with a rolling pin — nearly 70 times.
The beating was so severe that Mohamud separated the boy’s head from his spinal cord, and cracked his skull open to the point that Abdi’s brains were exposed. Police would later testify that every part of his body was covered in bruises and that his death was one of the most brutal beatings they’d witnessed in their entire careers.
When Abdi’s mother returned home from work several hours later, Mohamud simply got up and left the house. Noticing her son was missing, Abdi’s mother called 911. A responding police officer and Abdi’s stepbrother would find the boy’s broken body in a pool of blood in the basement.
Mohamud would later admit police that he beating the boy to death because he would not do his homework and only wanted to watch television and play videogames. “He was lying to me everyday, and I killed him,” Mohamud told a detective. He was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
One would hope that the poor kid was dead or unconscious early on in the beating, especially since it was determined that at least four of the blows he suffered could be considered fatal, but the medical examiner would testify during the trial that Abdi was likely alive during the duration of the brutal beating.
Jurors, who were shown a 12 minute police video of Abdi lying dead in the basement in front of a blood-splattered wall, only took a few hours of deliberation before returning with a guilty verdict. Mohamud will be sentenced Nov 15 and is facing 25 years to life in prison.
Now if all of that wasn’t enough to piss you off, it turns out almost exactly one year ago, Abdi made calls to 911 to report he was being abused by Mohamud. Police responded to these calls but never had any proof of abuse. Abdi had no visible bruises and Mohamud explained that Abdi was just accusing him of abuse because he was making him do his homework.
The responding officers could do nothing more than immediately report Abdi’s abuse allegations to Erie County Child Protective Services and give them a domestic incident report, which they did. CPS could not comment on the case, citing confidentiality laws, but it doesn’t look as if Abdi was ever removed from the home.
Abdi’s principal at International Preparatory School told reporters that there were signs of abuse, but that the family did a good job of covering it up and Abdi would always have some kind of excuse for why he was showing up to school with bruises and black eyes. His classmates also said that Abdi would make disturbing remarks about Mohamud killing him but they couldn’t tell if he was joking since he would laugh after saying them.Tags: Abdifatah Mohamud, Beating, Child Abuse, Crime, Mohamed Mohamud, Murder, New York, rolling pin