South Philadelphia parents charged with murder of their sonMarch 29th, 2012 by Brian Zeiger
A South Philadelphia couple with a history of violence and drug abuse are being charged with murder after they allegedly beat and killed their six-year-old son. Tina and Floyd Wimes have denied the charges.
At the time of his death, Khalil Wimes was just 28 pounds. Doctors he should have weighed double that when he passed away. Prosecutors are alleging that the the violence in the home and lack of food contributed to the little boy's death.
''He suffered from malnutrition because nobody's feeding him,'' said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. ''I mean like any six-year-old child, you're depending upon your parents to take care of you. Or some other adult.''
Because of the Wimes' turbulent past, the Department of Human Services (DHS) had previously removed six of the couple's eight children. At one point, Khalil was placed under the care of a foster family. However, he was returned to his birth parents after a custody battle.
"His parents fought us tooth and nail until they got him back and then they killed him," his foster mother told WPVI-TV.
''DHS is supposed to protect the children. He was in a very safe home; he was ripped from a safe home and taken back to squalor. I'm very saddened but I'll be honest with you, I'm extremely angry, I'm angry right now,'' Khalil's uncle, Sulaiman Hadi told the news station.
Police reports indicate that on the night of his death, Khalil's parents brought him to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at around 10:45 p.m. on March 19. Just thirty minutes later, doctors pronounced Khalil dead. They also noted old and new injuries and determined his death resulted from blunt force trauma and malnutrition.
The Wimes say that their son fell out of a bathtub and that he seemed fine, but later fainted. They claimed that is when they rushed him to the hospital. No trial date has been set. The Wimes' daughter that was previously living in their home is now under the care of relatives.
If you or someone you know has been charged with homicide or a related crime, it may be beneficial to speak with a defense attorney. He or she can help assess your claim and try your case in a court of law, if necessary.