HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged in Dakota County with manslaughter and murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in the woman’s care.

Authorities say Zayden Lawson was fatally beaten last June. Thirty-one-year-old Zeporia Fortenberry is charged with second-degree manslaughter. A criminal complaint says Fortenberry knew her boyfriend, 27-year-old Charles Homich, had been punching Zayden at least six weeks before he died of multiple force injuries.

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Charles Wayne Homich
(credit: Dakota County Jail)

Homich is charged with first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder. Fortenberry says Homich “would lose his cool” if he had to change Zayden’s diaper.

It was not immediately clear if either defendant had hired an attorney to speak on their behalf.

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Comments
  1. Liz Sims says:

    I am beyond sick of these damn women who are more worried about a man than their own child and allow these POS to abuse and KILL their children!!! People that do this should be sterilized and beaten down by all the people that would love children and can’t!!

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