Wednesday’s scheduled preliminary hearing for the West Philadelphia couple accused of killing a 3-year-old boy entrusted to their care by his homeless mother has been rescheduled for Oct. 12.
Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni granted the continuance in the case of Nadera Batson, 22, and boyfriend Marcus King, 23, charged with murder, child endangerment and related counts in the death of Jaquinn Brewton.
Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn said she was trying to arrange a date that accommodated the busy schedule of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s pathologist who performed the autopsy.
Batson’s attorney, Lee Mandell, also requested postponement, saying he was just appointed Tuesday to represent Batson.
According to police, the boy’s mother, Ashley Brewton, moved to a homeless shelter in March and entrusted Jaquinn, one of her six children, to Batson, who was a longtime family friend who and the boy’s godmother.
Police said Jaquinn was hospitalized June 29 after Batson reported that the child fell down a flight of stairs in her West Philadelphia apartment and would not wake up.
An autopsy found that the boy died from blunt-force trauma. He had bruises and severe injuries to his spleen and pancreas, police said. The child's body was covered with burns – including the soles of Jaquinn’s feet -- which police said they believe were made with a small cooking blowtorch.
The child died on July 11 after being removed from life support.
Batson and King are in custody and being held without bail.