When he arrived at the hospital, battered and unconscious, 2-year-old Christopher Allen had "no chance" of survival, doctors told police.
But his aunt -- who had cared for the boy for just two days
, along with his 2-year-old half-brother, Wyatt -- was incredulous and angry when she was told she could face a murder charge, according to a police report.
The aunt, Nereida Allen, 22, said "she couldn't have hurt him that bad
," according to court records charging her and her boyfriend, Joshua Peacher, 23, with murdering Christopher and abusing Wyatt.
We "do this stuff to Wyatt all the time" and he "hasn't died,
" Allen said, according to newly filed Jefferson Circuit Court documents that are evidence in the case.
Peacher, who admitted striking both boys, told police he was trying "to make them into men."
The records paint a dark picture of the lives of Christopher and Wyatt before Christopher's death. The boys had lived with their mothers, 20-year-old twins, before the children were removed by the state Aug. 25 and placed with the twins' older sister because of extreme filth in their mothers' home.
Christopher was "bruised from head to toe" and "probably brain dead," according to doctors who treated him after he was admitted Aug. 27 to Kosair Children's Hospital, a police report said. He died Aug. 28 in the arms of his mother, Jeannette Allen, after he was removed from life support.
Neither Jeannette Allen nor Janet Allen, Wyatt's mother, have responded to requests for comment. The boys have the same father, who was not married to either twin. He lives out of state and had no involvement in the boys' care, according to court records.
Officials with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services also declined to comment. Social workers for the cabinet investigating the case had removed the boys from their mothers and placed them with the aunt for their safety, according to court records.
The mothers' home was filled with animals, animal feces, reeked of urine and was cluttered and filthy, according to the records.