Saturday, September 10, 2011

Man Charged after Abused Child Dies at CMC

UPDATE:  Thursday, September 22-  Homicide Unit Detectives have arrested Ariacna Janet Romero and charged her with Accessory after the Fact (Felony) in relation to the murder of her son, Demytre Rashaad Pendleton Jr.

On August 24, 2011, at 10:24 pm, Steele Creek Division officers responded to Carolinas Medical Center–Main in reference to a two year old male, Demytre Rashaad Pendleton Jr., who was admitted to the hospital with a skull fracture. Demytre had several bruises and a skull fracture that were deemed possibly consistent with a fall.

Detectives with the Youth Crimes Unit were assigned to investigate the incident. Demytre was subsequently treated and released from CMC, while the detectives continued their investigation.
On September 7, 2011, at 7:18 pm, Detectives with the Youth Crimes Unit were dispatched to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in reference to Demytre being brought back to the hospital by his mother on September 6, 2011. Demytre was brought to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville and then flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center-Main, where an examination revealed new injuries that were severe enough to contact the CMPD. Demytre passed away early on September 9, 2011, as a result of his injuries.

Homicide Unit Detectives have charged James Gregory Cleveland with Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury or Mental or Emotional Injury and Murder in relation to the death of Demytre Rashaad Pendleton. Mr. Cleveland has been transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he will remain in their custody. Mr. Cleveland is a friend of Demytre’s mother; he is not related to Demytre.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective King is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.