The mother of a two-year-old who died on Weaver St. in Buffalo has also been charged in the child’s death.
Previously, Bashar Hall, 23, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Xavion Hazzard. Initial autopsy results show that Hazzard died from multiple blunt force injuries.
“The child was shaken and beaten yesterday allegedly,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said on Wednesday following Hall’s arraignment.
Xavion was pronounced dead at Oishei Children’s Hospital.
According to Flynn, the boy’s mother Keona Owens, and two infants were home during the alleged incident. Xavion was not Hall’s biological son. The other two children are, two girls under the age of two. Flynn said both are in good hands right now, but because of confidentiality reasons, it could not be disclosed who they are with.
Owens was arraigned on Friday morning on a charge of first-degree manslaughter.
“All murders are awful, all homicides are difficult,” Flynn said, after Owens was arraigned Friday. “But I think if you’re wanting to make a list, if you’re wanting to make a pecking order for what the worst crimes are, I think that you can make the argument that a mother killing her child would make the top of that list. I really can’t think of anything more heinous, to tell you the truth.”
If Hall is convicted, he could spend up to 25 years in prison. It is not clear how much prison time Owens is facing if convicted.
Owens will return before a judge, for a felony hearing, on July 25. Hall will return to court on July 23.