A NINE-year-old boy’s heartbreaking words before his father allegedly strangled him to death and hid his body in a shallow grave have been revealed.
On Wednesday, Jean Charles, 40, was charged with first-degree murder over the death of Azuree, whose mother Luella Elien, 29, was charged with aggravated assault and child endagerement, according to officials.
According to a witness statement by a young neighbor, the boy was heard screaming: “No no no, I’m sorry!” hours before his body was found.
Prosecutors said Elien illegally allowed Charles to watch her four children despite despite his story of child abuse.
The Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau had banned Charles from having unsupervised contact with any of his children.
Elien first told police Charles hadn’t been at her home in months, but then said she had left her son and three daughters in his care on April 30, per court documents.
The mother claimed she last saw Azuree in his room on the night of May 3, and when she woke up the next day she found her secutiry camera in a glass of water.
She said she also found ketchup all over the boy’s room and a metal gasoline can in his bed, according to the Post Gazette.
However, when police reviewed the room, it had been cleaned and the gas can had been removed, per officials.
Neighbors said Azuree had recently beat pediatric cancer and was enjoying a second chance at life.
Charles was arrested after police reportedly obtained a photo that showed him walking near where the boy was found carrying a shovel and pushing Azuree’s bike.
Jean was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of children and simple assault in November of last year.
According to triblive.com, a criminal complaint received by cops on November 24, claimed a juvenile had been punched in the eye by his father, identified as Jean Charles.
The site goes on to say that the complaint does not name Azuree as the victim, but does identify the victim as a nine-year-old boy.
Charles has been charged with first-degree murder, criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, unlawful restraint, strangulation, concealing the death of a child, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.