Prosecutor: Man Tells Toddler to Put Up Fists, Then Beats Him to Death

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A New Jersey man is charged with murder after he punched a toddler with enough force to kill him, authorities say.

Zachary Tricoche of Pennsauken was arraigned on murder charges in Camden County Superior Court, CBS Philly reports.

Tricoche, 24, got into a fight with his girlfriend because she did not buy the groceries he liked before he punched the two-year-old toddler in the chest and sent him flying into the wall.

The child got up after the first blow, after which Tricoche ordered him to put up his fists and fight back, then knocked him unconscious, prosecutors say.

The child’s mother called 911 and then took her son to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A medical examination found that the boy, identified as Jamil Baskerville Jr., suffered internal bleeding from an injured liver and bruising on his chest.

Jamil’s grandfather, Gerome DeShields, outraged at how his grandson was killed, said to CBS News,

“You’re less of a man to sit there and put your hands on any type of child, no matter what age it is. He was two years old. There should be no reason you should want to hit him.”

Tricoche, who has multiple drug-related convictions, is being held on $1 million bail, according to WNEP.


  1. Melissamber

    August 26, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I am so tired of seeing innocent babies and children being murdered! Rest in peace poor baby, his life was short lived because a monster murdered him. We need to Legalize the death penalty so maybe just maybe these sickos would be to afraid to commit these crimes. I don’t want my tax dollars feeding this creature for the rest of his pathetic life Ina jail cell, He needs to die. God bl ss this child and his family


      August 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss may someone do the same to him in jail and kill him RIP LITTLE ONE

  2. Jo

    August 27, 2016 at 1:50 am

    When are you woman going to wake up and stop leaving your child with your boyfriend’s. 90℅ of children injured or murdered are the boyfriends. I wouldn’t leave my son with my boyfriend who is now my husband of 24 yrs before we knew him for a minimal of 3 years and only a few mins at first. I had been lucky finding a great husband and dad. But these young girls see with their hearts instead of their heads and smarts.

    Wise up ladies and stop endangering your children…your going to be the next statistic and heart broken….please don’t make this mistake….

  3. Ash

    August 27, 2016 at 2:46 am

    I’m literally in tears right now!! This is the saddest thing ive read in a while and agree with @Melissamber 100% !!

    Murder of a child (or ANY wrong doing, what so ever!!! ) should be made to suffer AND put to death. So sickening RIP sweet baby

  4. juanita

    August 27, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I’m praying for the family, my heart go’s out to you, the men should be in jail for LIVFE I DO MEAN LIFE, GOD IS NOT GOING TO LET THIS GO UNDONE that Is for sure. rest in peace baby Jamil,

  5. Tiffany

    August 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    May God Bless you little man and may God Bless your family. Rest in Peace sweetheart!

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