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Man Beat 3-Year Old to Death, Blames it on Hit-and-Run Driver

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Thomas Joseph Presley is a horrible person.
Out in Morgan County, Missouri, between Jefferson City and Sedalia, police were faced with an easily-solved puzzle. They'd been called to the scene of a hit-and-run driver on Highway 135, where Blake Litton, 3, had allegedly darted into the road and been killed by truck around 5:10 a.m. on Thursday.

Except there were no skid marks indicating a vehicle had tried to stop, and the boy's injuries weren't consistent with being run over by a truck. Instead, police allege Thomas Joseph Presley, 21, beat his girlfriend's son so savagely that he died, and then concocted the truck story to cover his tracks.

There are all sorts of sordid details in this case at The Crime Scene, an informative blog that covers crime in Southwest Missouri. Apparently, Presley was in charge of his girlfriend's two children while she was working overnights at a local nursing home.

Lively took his charges to Wal-Mart around 1 a.m., then dropped off mom's lunch. Sometime during the night, the three-year old became cranky -- I wonder why? -- acted up and wet his pants. Lively's response was to beat the poor kid to death.

Somehow it gets worse. He strapped both kids in the car and drove back to the nursing home, where he and the girlfriend cobbled together what for them was a brilliant idea about a hit-and-run. Because the girlfriend -- and mother of this boy -- felt Presley needed to stay out of prison.

Yeah, that's a guy you wanna hold on to. I mean, you have one kid left, he's not gonna pulverize her with his fists, is he? Actually, he does -- the girl, two-years old -- also had bruises and contusions. So not only does the child have take a late-night drive with her dead brother sitting right beside her, at some point she's probably gonna end up on a one-way ride herself.

Fortunately, the police acted quickly. The surviving child is in protective custody, and the mother, Jamie Miller Litton, has also been arrested today. It's the bleakest sort of happy ending.


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Brandiboatman
Brandiboatman

Im a mother of a 6 yr old and 2 yr old...This woman should be ashamed of herself! I would NEVER leave my children with a boyfriend...! You cant trust anyone these days....LOL...Maybe that's why im single!!!!! I would rather take care of my children myself. And KNOW they are always ok, than go out...or have a boyfriend...Plenty of time for that when their older. Women need to protect their children better and stop being so selfish.

Gsn6602
Gsn6602

Women need to STOP leaving their innocent children with this worthless monsters!They don't care anything about these kids and when the kids act up in any way they completely lose it.  I've heard of it happening way too many times.  If you know your boyfriend is abusive....why on earth would your leave your most precious possession with them???  It makes NO sense!!

Misty Richey
Misty Richey

I believe the Casey Anthony trial, has started an epidemic of child abuse.  The justice system failed one child, how many more does it have to fail before someone does something.

Me
Me

And this is why society shouldn't outlaw capital punishment. 

ChunkyMunkee
ChunkyMunkee

WTH? O I forget these days the druggies and abusive ones are the best to keep kids with smart move Mom now you not only miss seeing your son grow up now you wont see your daughter either wow hope he was worth it but I'm gonna say uh NOT stupid b word

Crcht857
Crcht857

this is way worse than being gay any day.  my daughter is a lesbian and she is a very kind loving person.  what adds to this horrible thing is the mom went along with the story, and a lot of folks think gays are perverts and whatnot.  at least they leave the kids out of it.

Donna
Donna

WTF!!! people shouldnt have kids anymore!!!! 

charmander
charmander

Awful. Awful. The fact that this creep beat a baby to death is sickening, but the fact that the mother didn't immediately call the cops and turn this asshole in......mind boggling.

UnAmerican
UnAmerican

The chickens are coming home to roost.  With the Iraq and Afghanistan wars winding down, this will become a more common occurence.  Hopefully with the Iran war heating up, these true Americans can do these things to somebody else's babies.

kimbev69
kimbev69

What kind of drugs were involved? Walmart at 1am with two little ones and a so called hit and run at 5am wtf

EChangApe
EChangApe

Pardon my grammar, thank you.

EChangApe
EChangApe

What a fuckn dumb bitch. Loving a man more than you love your kids? FUCK THEY BOTH DESERVE TO DIE!!!

Dfg
Dfg

At one point, the suspect is referred to as Lively(4th paragraph).

Soul_Train
Soul_Train

Why doesn't he blame it on racism? He's a poor down trodden black man.... boo hoo hoo

It works for blacks every day. 

worst of the worst
worst of the worst

Savages.  It's shit like this that makes me think bringing back "breaking on the wheel" as a punishment might not be a bad idea, although beating them death with a cudgel is too good for them!

Pawnmasta
Pawnmasta

 Awful tragedy.I'm also wondering what was in the mix, She works overnights fine..The kids should be in bed at 1am anyway whether she forgot her lunch or not. I have seen a few parents out at that hour with kids in tow and you just have to wonder if that's how it is all the time or if it is just an occasional thing.

There should be some type of "welfare" (I don't mean foodstamps I mean well-being) law in place for an officer to ONLY ask the parent if everything is alright when the hour is that late not leading to identification or detention even if the parent does not answer. (of course if there is only no lawful reason to detain.)

No_Justice_In_This_World
No_Justice_In_This_World

You mean like the story about a month ago of the interacial couple that the black beat the child to death and then claimed the five year old was a racist? And then the liberals got all weepy and wanted blackie freed?

Or like the liberal "Free Tookie Wilson" campaign where Tookie Wilson was on death row for executing a White cop at point blank range and the liberals got all weepy and said Tookie was a victim of racism?

Or like the 1000's of stories a year where blacks rape, rob or murder and then use the excuse that they're victims of racism and the courts put them back on the streets again?

kimbev69
kimbev69

I agree and wonder what he brought her for lunch

Vennettagibson
Vennettagibson

you can pull the race card all you want you dum ass..the fact of the matter is you crackers stay in the headline for beating,raping,and killing your women&your young its a fact deal with it bubba!!!!  

Dfg
Dfg

Yeah bro. You're totally right! Look at how well it worked out for Tookie! I think I saw him just the other day. Oh wait, that's right. He was actually executed. So, I guess your argument makes no sense.

Also, make sure you continue spouting your racism in an anonymous fashion so you never have to bear any of the consequences for it.

Dee
Dee

I would also like to say that the mother might not be in a world of **** right now if she had called 911 as soon as her boyfriend texted her, turned her back on the creep and left her crummy job to go see about her child. And you can't tell me that the grandparents didn't know about the abuse, why didn't they act?  The little girl was beaten mercilessly too.  I wouldn't donate a nickel to anyone in this family, but I might be persuaded to send some money to the funeral home to pay for his burial.

Dee
Dee

Yeah!  If she actually came out to the car and saw the condition he was in, I don't understand why she didn't immediately call 911, tell her supervisor she had to leave because her son was dying, and why she didn't know that her son was dying. After all, she worked in a nursing home, she should have some idea what impending death looks like.  I wanna know what she did to have her older children taken away and if she and her boyfriend are meth heads.  Makes sense- any idiot that would drag 2 small children out at 3 in the morning must be on meth, and the fact that he beat that poor child to death speaks of meth addiction.  Forgive me Lord if I am wrong.  There is no punishment on earth that would suffice.  They shouldn't even be allowed to go to hell cause even that's too good for them.  There should be a place that makes hell pale in comparison where the sinners are tormented for all eternity, moreso than in regular hell.

kimbev69
kimbev69

I agree why bring food to her i dont get it? They need to check surveilance to see if she is seen at the car checking out her deceased son

Tookies_Dead
Tookies_Dead

You had a "Free Tookie" t-shirt didn't you?

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