Mother, boyfriend charged in connection with toddler's death by blunt trauma

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by Lauren Trager / News 4 | @LaurenTrager | KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 4:26 PM

(KMOV.com) -- St. Louis Police have formerly charged a 22-year-old mother and her 25-year-old boyfriend in connection with a 3-year-old boy's death.

Authorities said they have charged Hershell Kirkman, 25-years-old, with 2nd degree murder, abuse of a child, and armed criminal action. Kirkman's bond has been set at $500,000 cash. The child's mother Ericka Haskin, 22-years-old, was charged win endangering the welfare of a child. Police say that Haskin failed to contact authorities directly after the incident that led to her son's death. Haskin's bond has been set at $300,000 cash.

St. Louis Police ruled Dashon Haskin’s death a result of blunt force trauma resulting in a lacerated liver.

The boy's death shocked and surprised many in his family. Dashon Haskin’s family said they often noticed bruises and scratches on the toddle.

“It does not make me feel good,” said Sedridge Echols, “It’s not a good thing, not at all.”

Echols often saw the toddler at an apartment complex in the 5600 block of Kingsbury in the Central West End, which is now the scene of a heart breaking crime.

“I was shocked, you know, of it happening here and it being a kid,” Echols said, “Because things like that don’t usually happen here.”

Police were called to the apartment about an unresponsive child Thursday and Friday, they ruled Haskin’s death a homicide.

“Anytime we hear another child has been killed, we are outraged,” said child advocate DiAnne Mueller.

Mueller said the cause of death is not surprising, but terribly concerning because it could have been prevented.

“To visualize what that little guy went through,” Mueller said, “And what says to me is that someone lost their temper.”

Police have not said that was the case. 

Elizabeth, Dahson's aunt, announced Monday a public memorial service will be held for the toddler, Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 at the Wagner Avenue Church of Christ, at 6052 Wagner.

Also a fund to defer the funeral expenses has been set up at The Ronald Jones Funeral Home at 2161 East Fair Av., and donations are being accepted there.

Stay tuned to News 4 and KMOV.com for further updates.

 

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