Man, 24, ‘beat his girlfriend’s one-year-old boy to death with a leather belt because he urinated on him during a diaper change’
Last week I sifted through hundreds of articles I had written looking for the worst examples of monstrous mothers who abused their children. I discovered dozens of stories where children suffered helplessly at the hands of their mom’s boyfriends as well. Today I found this story where a 24-year-old man allegedly beat his girlfriend’s baby boy to death with a leather belt because he urinated on him during a diaper change.
Austin Hamilton is charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse for allegedly ‘losing control’ and repeatedly hitting one-year-old Sincere Williams on Saturday. Sincere died in hospital, with the medical examiner ruling the death a homicide. WFLA reported Hamilton was babysitting girlfriend Tiffany Williams’s two sons, Sincere and a six-year-old boy, at Motel 6 in Tampa, Florida on Saturday morning while she was at work.
About 8.20pm that night, Hamilton called 911 when Sincere struggled to breathe. Tampa police officers and paramedics found Sincere unresponsive on a bed inside the room. He was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he died. According to a Tampa Police Department report, Hamilton told officers at the scene he didn’t hit the victim and was not involved in any accidents that could have caused his death.
On Sunday, homicide detectives released the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office report which concluded the baby died as a result of blunt force trauma to the lower abdomen. Detectives said Hamilton, who is not the boys’ biological father, then changed his story. Hamilton allegedly said he ‘lost control’ and hit the baby several times with a leather belt. He said he tried to pick the baby up, but Sincere fell and hit his head.
Hamilton was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. The investigation continues.
When I became divorced at a young age and my son was merely an infant I heard some advice that I have considered the past 12 years. Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced that divorced or single parents should not date until their kids are 18. While I didn’t follow that advice to a “T” I did realize that my top priority as a parent was to keep my child safe so I made the decision to not introduced men I dated to my son. Only a couple times I did introduce a guy I was dating to my son I never left him in the care of that man. Those dozens of stories I’d written about where a child suffered abuse at the hands of a man not related to him have only confirmed that though I live by a strict code, my son is alive, mentally healthy and saved from the stains of failed relationships or violent unrelated men.