Woman lets violent boyfriend beat baby to death

Man Charged With Murder In Infant’s Death:

Normally, like I’ve mentioned before, I post stories about guys who beat their girlfriends’ kids at the News of Doom section of CrimeNe.ws and this story is no exception. However in this case I really do have to take the mother to task for basically allowing this to happen.

20-year-old JonPaul Harms of Jacksonville, Florida was arrested for the beating death of 5-week-old Amari Copeland. He admitted to police that he fractured the baby’s skull because “The infant would not stop crying.” They’re babies numbnuts. That’s what they do.

Amari’s mother, 39-year-old Phoebe Copeland, has also been arrested with child neglect. She was found living in her car with her four other kids. Harms, fitting name, had been previously arrested in 2007 for domestic violence against Ms. Copeland.

So she basically knew that her 20-year-old boyfriend was capable of violence and she still allowed him to watch her baby. In my opinion she’s as culpable as he is.

And if you’re living in your car with your four kids you really shouldn’t be having any more.

Thnaks to LadyJade for the tip.

  • Jay

    Oh Man. That is sooo sad. A baby has no other means of communicating his/her needs but to cry, and to be beaten for it? I have a ten month old nephew in my care and he’s cried for the past three nights.. it’s too hot here in NZ at the moment. But you just gotta go through the list of what he might need or want. You can’t be a parent or caregiver, and not want to hear your child’s needs or wants. In my nephew’s case, it was teething, and teething gel, a warm bottle and being in my bed helped him. But he is ten months. Not a tiny little one who.. I’m sorry, words fail me completely. I don’t know what to say, beating a child is just not on, but a teeny tiny baby?

  • Jay

    Oh Man. That is sooo sad. A baby has no other means of communicating his/her needs but to cry, and to be beaten for it? I have a ten month old nephew in my care and he’s cried for the past three nights.. it’s too hot here in NZ at the moment. But you just gotta go through the list of what he might need or want. You can’t be a parent or caregiver, and not want to hear your child’s needs or wants. In my nephew’s case, it was teething, and teething gel, a warm bottle and being in my bed helped him. But he is ten months. Not a tiny little one who.. I’m sorry, words fail me completely. I don’t know what to say, beating a child is just not on, but a teeny tiny baby?

  • Luvyorbaby

    This kind of story always makes me sick, of course babies will cry, and a mother should be more carefull when they leave a kid with a boyfriend that technically isn’t theres. either you take deep breaths or leave the kid in a safe place and go out for a bit. and clear your head.

  • Luvyorbaby

    This kind of story always makes me sick, of course babies will cry, and a mother should be more carefull when they leave a kid with a boyfriend that technically isn’t theres. either you take deep breaths or leave the kid in a safe place and go out for a bit. and clear your head.

  • Ihavekidstoo

    Mallory, you hit the nail on the head. Newborns are difficult, and especially so if they have a physical problem and a doctor who’s NOT listening to the parents’ concers. Good for you for sticking to your guns and making the doctor listen to you.

    This animal needs to rot in jail for the rest of his life, with the words “baby killer” branded on his forehead so the rest of the prison population knows exactly what kind of treatment he deserves. As for the “mother” I would happily volunteer to be the one who sterilizes her with a dull spoon. She’s as guilty as he is, not only for allowing him to harm her baby, but for bringing yet another child into the world when she already had four she couldn’t take care of. How the hell did she escape the notice of authorities until now?

  • Ihavekidstoo

    Mallory, you hit the nail on the head. Newborns are difficult, and especially so if they have a physical problem and a doctor who’s NOT listening to the parents’ concers. Good for you for sticking to your guns and making the doctor listen to you.

    This animal needs to rot in jail for the rest of his life, with the words “baby killer” branded on his forehead so the rest of the prison population knows exactly what kind of treatment he deserves. As for the “mother” I would happily volunteer to be the one who sterilizes her with a dull spoon. She’s as guilty as he is, not only for allowing him to harm her baby, but for bringing yet another child into the world when she already had four she couldn’t take care of. How the hell did she escape the notice of authorities until now?

  • Mallory

    My child was a puking every time he ate when he was 5 weeks old. We couldnt keep anything in him. When we took him to the doc they said wait 2 more weeks and bring him back. We had allready been dealing with him puking for two weeks. He wouldn’t go to sleep untill 4 in the morning usually out of exhaustion. I was starting to feel tired and I was starting to loose my patience. I went to the doctor less than a week later and said. YOu need to do something he can’t live like this. He cried and threw up and wouldnt sleep. He had surgery the next morning. Even though it gets tough normal people do not beat there children. These people that cant handle something that needs so much from them should not have children. They should be sterilized and prevented from bringing a child into the world.

  • Mallory

    My child was a puking every time he ate when he was 5 weeks old. We couldnt keep anything in him. When we took him to the doc they said wait 2 more weeks and bring him back. We had allready been dealing with him puking for two weeks. He wouldn’t go to sleep untill 4 in the morning usually out of exhaustion. I was starting to feel tired and I was starting to loose my patience. I went to the doctor less than a week later and said. YOu need to do something he can’t live like this. He cried and threw up and wouldnt sleep. He had surgery the next morning. Even though it gets tough normal people do not beat there children. These people that cant handle something that needs so much from them should not have children. They should be sterilized and prevented from bringing a child into the world.

  • karen

    i know some people can’t tolerate the sound of a baby or child crying…but how can anyone look at a teeny tiny 5 week old baby and smashed it hard enough to fracture it’s skull??? good chance this baby was undernourished and crying for something to fill it’s little belly. i feel like puking every time i read something like this….and it seems like we’re hearing more and more of these newborns getting hurt/killed. another thing…what was a 39 year old woman doing with a 20 year old….she’s old enough to be his mother.

  • karen

    i know some people can’t tolerate the sound of a baby or child crying…but how can anyone look at a teeny tiny 5 week old baby and smashed it hard enough to fracture it’s skull??? good chance this baby was undernourished and crying for something to fill it’s little belly. i feel like puking every time i read something like this….and it seems like we’re hearing more and more of these newborns getting hurt/killed. another thing…what was a 39 year old woman doing with a 20 year old….she’s old enough to be his mother.

  • Mallory

    NEED TO STERILIZE!

  • Mallory

    NEED TO STERILIZE!

  • http://maximalone.com Maxi Malone

    Hopefully this mother is in jail for accessory to murder.

  • http://maximalone.com/ Maxi Malone

    Hopefully this mother is in jail for accessory to murder.