Malakai Dean had been running around the Sparks hair salon where his family members were awaiting hair cuts, flirting with staff members, playing with hydraulic chairs and coloring.
His relatives said he was healthy and laughing, and had no signs of injuries or physical distress during that Feb. 5 visit to the Adam and Eve salon.
But within about 20 minutes of his mother’s fiance picking him up from the salon, he was lethargic, had difficulty walking and had scrapes and bruises on his face, according to grand jury transcripts released Thursday. Soon, the boy would be vomiting uncontrollably, and eventually stopped breathing.
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Newly released grand jury transcripts portray Dean as often becoming upset when having to spend time with Hunt. He told his 12-year-old uncle Brenden Barry, who placed him in Hunt’s car following the Feb. 5 salon trip that “Uncle Non, Uncle Non, please don’t leave me. He’s going to hurt me.” Barry said tears were rolling down his face while the boy begged him not to put him in the car.
About 20 minutes later, Hunt took the boy to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center where his 18-year-old fiancee, Kanesia — Malakai’s mother — was being treated for pregnancy complications. She testified she immediately could tell something was wrong with her son, who had an injury above his eye and had trouble standing.
Kanesia Dean testified that Hunt told her they had just come back from Deer Park where he slipped when trying to go down a slide. The next day her family was taking pictures to send to relatives in England, and she was upset he had the visible injury.
Witnesses said Malakai left the salon with Hunt at about 4:21 p.m., and video surveillance places the pair at the hospital by 4:40 p.m
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Dr. Piotr Kubiczek, assistant chief Washoe County Medical Examiner, performed Malikai’s autopsy. He determined the boy died of multiple blunt force injuries to his abdomen, that caused his organs to become cut or crushed against his vertebral column,
the transcripts show. The injuries, he said, were fresh, and occurred minutes or hours before he died. It was not known specifically how the injuries were inflicted. Injuries similar to those suffered by Malakai result from a high-speed car accident, Kubiczek said.
Dr. Catherine Wagoner, a pediatrician who serves as the medical director for the county’s social services, testified the injuries would be extremely painful. Symptoms, she said, would be vomiting and lethargy. He would not be able to play and run at a park or at the salon when he suffered those injuries, she said.
“Everytime (Hunt) tried to take Malakai, he didn’t want to go,”
Brenden Barry testified. “He always wanted to hold on to one of my family. When (Hunt) said ‘sit down’ he sat there like a long time because (Hunt) ... we didn’t know what (Hunt) did to him. One night my mom said ‘Malakai, did he hurt you?’ (Malakai) put his hands on her lips and said ‘shhh.’”
Kanesia Dean testified that Hunt accused her of “babying” her son too much.
When Hunt brought the boy into her hospital room, she said he told her son “now sit there and don’t say anything.”
During an interview with detectives, Hunt insisted the boy fell while losing his footing on the slide. After Det. Jason Woodard told him the boy suffered internal injuries, he said the fall caused the boy to suffer “abdominal injuries” and he put his hand on his own stomach, pinpointing Malakai’s wounds. He said the boy also fell on his knees a few times while running in the grass.
Woodard testified Hunt offered that maybe the boy eating crayons
earlier in the day contributed to his death.
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Kanesia Dean testified her son had been born six weeks premature, and that he received constant medical care for the first three weeks of his life. . . .