Racine teen charged with homicide in infant death – Racine County Eye

22February 2021

RACINE– A Racine teen has been charged with homicide following the death of his 39-day-old child on Valentine's Day, authorities stated.

Shavale Powell, 17, faces charges of first-degree careless homicide as a celebration to a criminal activity, and 2 counts of physical abuse of a child intentionally causing bodily harm, according to a grievance filed Monday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Racine Police and emergency medical workers responded to a home in the 1800 block of LaSalle Street on Feb. 14 after a caller to 911 reported a pulseless kid who was not breathing. Responders found the child, identified as TJP in court files, dead, according to the grievance.

Both Powell, the child's father, and Javian Clark, the child's mom, were present and informed police they had been caring for the child for about eight days.

Clark has actually not yet been officially charged but was determined Monday in court as a co-defendant in Powell's case by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Steenrod.

Police rule baby's death a murder

Private investigators took the kid to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, where it was ruled a murder, according to the grievance.

The medical inspector found:

  • Blunt force injuries to the infant's head, including swellings on the face, a fractured skull, bleeding brain, and optic nerve ruptures.
  • Swellings on the child's chest and back and multiple rib fractures.
  • Abrasions to the baby's right-hand man and swellings on the child's left leg

Police found the one-year-old kid in the home. They noted that the infant had a bruised and hurt left eye. Powell and Clark told police the kid had fallen in the shower while Powell was home enjoying the kid. However, authorities took a look at photos on the phone and discovered a photo taken at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 13, which reveals the child unimpaired.

The one-year-old was analyzed at the Racine County Children's Advocacy Center, which ruled the injury concerning for abuse, police said.

Teenager charged in adult court

Judicial Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch bought Powell held on a $50,000 cash bond.

“These are tragic scenarios and he is just a teenager,” she said. “However, there is a baby who's passed away.”

The amount matches the quantity looked for by Steenrod.

“I understand Mr. Powell's law enforcement contacts are minor; nevertheless, the charges are exceptionally serious,” he stated. “He does have what I view as one pending case involving the co-defendant of this matter.”

State Public Defender Ashley Castro pushed for a $20,000 bond, citing Powell's age.

“Mr. Powell is just about 17 or 18 years of ages,” she said. “I don't think he can come up with that type of money.”

Powell faces 60 years in jail if founded guilty on the murder count, and approximately 6 years for each of the child abuse counts, in addition to fines of approximately $10,000.

Powell remained in cops custody Monday afternoon but did not yet appear in the Racine County Jail's inmate lineup.


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