Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

What would you do if your child wouldn’t go to sleep? Would you read him a book and cuddle up with him?  Would you let him quietly read his books in bed by himself?  Would you rub his back and hum softly?  These are all methods I have used when my three young sons refuse to sleep, and believe it or not – they work!

Not all parents use the same tactics, like Nymeen Cheatham.  She has an entirely different take on addressing this matter.  The method she used on 3-year old Kyle Smith, was to beat him with her hands, then with a hairbrush.  He was forced to do push-ups, then was beat some more.  He was doused with cold water, then was beat some more.  He was sodomized with a wooden stick, then was beat some more.  He was burned with cigarettes, and then – you guessed it – was beat some more.

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

The result of these beatings left injuries on Kyle from head to toe including, a broken pelvis, a broken leg, severe injuries to his mouth and bruises on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum.  An autopsy determined Kyle died from multiple blunt impact injuries.  The broken bones, bruises and cuts were testament to a horribly slow and painful death suffered by little Kyle.

Cheatham claims that she “just snapped”, when the toddler wouldn’t go to sleep and in a blind rage beat him to death.  Kyle was pronounced dead the next day, after Cheatham finally decided to call for help.  Cheatham’s boyfriend, Lemar Martin, was also in the apartment at the time of the beating, but claims to have slept through it.  WHAT?  You could shoot me up with elephant tranquilizers and the sound of a child been beat to death would still wake me.

Nymeen Cheatham

Nymeen Cheatham

Does anyone out there believe they too could sleep through such a brutal beating ….. I didn’t think so.

This story only gets more tragic as it goes on.  A year before his horrific death, Kyle was removed from his biological mother’s home and placed in the care of his godmother, Cheatham, after it was found that his mother was addicted to crack, and unfit to care for him.  It is said that Kyle’s biological father’s apartment was too small for him to take Kyle.  So Kyle was given to the woman that would end up being responsible for his death.

Kyle and Darian Smith

Kyle and Darian Smith

Obviously no one ever looked into Cheatham’s past.  If they had, they would have learnt that the woman’s four biological children were removed from her custody while she lived in Borger, Texas.  Officials in Texas received calls in July 2002 that Cheatham and her husband repeatedly locked the children in a bedroom and left them home alone for hours at a time.

Darien Smith watches as his brother's, Kyle's, coffin is carried from the church.

Darien Smith watches as his brother’s, Kyle’s, coffin is carried from the church.

Darien Smith

Darien Smith

The children used a broken window to escape the filthy house with no running water and beg for food.  It took more than an hour to coax the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 13, to open the door for social workers, court records show. Cheatham’s children were placed with relatives in December 2003.

Jurors who saw brutal autopsy pictures couldn’t believe Martin actually slept through the beating.

Lemar Martin

Lemar Martin

Lemar Martin was sentenced to 18-years-to-life in the horrific beating that his girlfriend, Nymeen Cheatham, inflicted on 3-year-old Kyle Smith.

Nymeen Cheatham, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for a 20-year sentence.

“The case here is as horrific as any imaginable: A tiny defenceless 3-year-old was beaten to death with wounds and bruises from the tip of his head to the bottom of his feet,” said Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Gustin Reichbach.

Kyle Smith's Funeral

Kyle Smith’s Funeral

A beautiful life was taken far before his time, and that is a loss we can never recover.





~ by LTWH on January 11, 2012.


  1. Horrific story but unfortunately many times caseworkers are overworked they make the mistake of

  2. forgetting to check on necessary things such as a persons background in ALL states before handing over an innocent child to them!

  3. The GODMOTHER! What kind of christian woman would do this? Just another title they gave a loser to make the family look as if they acually cared.

  4. I have several God children and I can say that in the event that they or any other child were to be placed in my care DHS in Stillwater, Oklahoma would do a full back ground check, make me take classes for foster care, interview references and do house visits. They might be under staffed but they will work overtime and after hours if needed. It’s their job to look into the people with whom they are placing these babies. The blood is on their hands too and they should be held accountable. If the justice system would punish them too then there would be a huge decrease in children slipping through the cracks.

    • Laura, I couldn’t agree with you more. We need to start holding everyone involved in the death of a child accountable. These workers were negligent and Kyle died as a result of this negligence. Another girl that was COMPLETELY failed by DCFS, is Marchella Pierce. I am not sure if you are familiar with her case or not, but it is horrific. It’s hard to read and makes you want to cry. There is one big difference in Marchella’s case though – the two DCFS workers that failed to visit, instead forging records HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN HER DEATH! It is the first known case where social workers are being held accountable for negligence. Their trial should be starting within the next couple months, and I intend to keep everyone updated when that verdict is read. If you haven’t read about her case, here’s the link. Through the pain, there is a glimmer of hope that a change is coming to the amount of tolerance that has been shown for social workers until now. The change we have been advocating for, may be right around the corner.


  5. My name is Laron Cheatham Sr I was the husband of nymeen cheatham and I don’t know what happened at time to little Kyle Smith the only people that knows what happen is God Kyle,nymeen and lemar Martin I know when I seen her around the little boy I never seen no abuse but who’s to say sometime you’re never know a what person would do but I would tell you this before you put anything on why my kids were taking you need to find out more information before you put things in the paper if you want to know about what happened to my kids I’ll tell you. Just give me a call 404 399 0640

    • Sorry, but are we supposed to believe your story? And, there is such a thing as a text editor and spell check. If that’s the best you can do, no wonder the State took your kids away. Keep in mind, everything is public record. Just because you can’t read it is no excuse. You’re actually DEFENDING this monster? What the hell is wrong with you? Go spread your bs somewhere else.

  6. Such a beautiful boy! I would have loved to have him as a son..There will be a day!

  7. Such a beautiful boy! I would have loved to have him as my own.

  8. The jury just handed down a guilty verdict against the boyfriend, with special circumstances, in the beating death of Gabriel Fernandez. I am so saddened and outraged at what this little boy horrifically endured not just against this evil monster and that disgusting person who called herself Gabriel’s mother, but against the sheriff deputies and the social workers who could have saved this little boy. What can I do and where do I start? Any suggestions, please.

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