DEVIN DRAKE WAS HORRIFICALLY ABUSED BY HIS MOTHER AND BRUTALLY BEATEN TO DEATH BY HIS MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND – UPDATE 10.01.2013 – CCA0012

DEVIN DRAKE WAS HORRIFICALLY ABUSED BY HIS MOTHER AND BRUTALLY BEATEN TO DEATH BY HIS MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

Devin Drake, a beautiful little boy, died tragically at the age of 3 after suffering horrendous abuse at the hands of his mother, Elizabeth Moorman, 40, and her boyfriend, Anthony Urban, 24.  I am so tired of writing those words, mother and her boyfriend …. It makes me want to throw up.  How can they even call women like this a mother?  This woman did not even deserve to breathe the same air Devin did.

Devin’s abuse came to light when he was taken to the hospital, unresponsive.  As soon as Devin was seen, staff at the hospital contacted the authorities after discovering the extent of the injuries the little boy was suffering, reporting they were consistent with severe child abuse.  Devin had bruises and abrasions covering his entire body, punctured lungs and severe head trauma with a shattered skull.  Devin’s injuries were so severe, he was airlifted from the Mercy Hospital to The Hennepin County Medical Center, where they were better equipped to try and save his life.  Medical personnel worked to try and reduce the swelling on his brain, and Devin was placed on life support.  Devin’s older sister and biological father were able to be at the hospital with the little boy.  Five days later, Devin passed away.

Elizabeth Moorman

Elizabeth Moorman

When police questioned Moorman and Urban about the little boy’s injuries, they were given conflicting stories.  The first story Moorman told placed her out of the home running errands when she allegedly received a call from Urban, with him stating that Devin had been vomiting and then went stiff.  She said she returned home immediately and attempted CPR before bringing him to the hospital.  The second story Moorman told placed her in the apartment where she stated Devin felt a little warm, so she gave him some Tylenol.  He then began vomiting, stopped breathing and collapsed on the floor.  She stated she attempted CPR for 15 minutes then brought Devin to the hospital.  The third story she gave police was that Devin rode an electric car into a toy box and fell in (Ummm, seriously, that must have been one hell of a toy box to puncture his lungs).  The fourth story she told blamed another child in the apartment complex saying the child pushed Devin down the stairs (unless this child was Chucky, I SERIOUSLY doubt anyone would buy that.).

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

Now we have Urban’s accounts of the events leading up to Devin being brought to the hospital.  The first story he told police was that Devin had been sitting on a stool when he fell off and hit his head on the floor.  He described the boy as “woozy” after that and claimed twice he checked to see if the boy could stand on his own in a hallway, and both times Devin fell to the floor and again hit his head.  He claimed Moorman told him not to call police because she was concerned about the several open warrants for her arrest and did not want to be arrested.  The second story Urban gave was getting closer to the truth of what happened.  He stated he had been helping Devin brush his teeth when the little boy bit him.  So what did he do, well he punched Devin in the side of the head, knocking him onto a ceramic floor where Devin again hit his head.  My middle son was a biter and I have experienced having a finger chomped on a few times, but never once did it occur me to punch my son in the head as punishment ….. what the hell??  The first part of Urban’s story rings true, but he left out that he went into a rage, beating the boy badly enough to leave abrasions and bruises all over his body, shatter his skull and puncture his lungs.

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

Moorman was initially charged with one felony count of neglect of a child, and Urban was initially charged with one felony count of first degree assault.  When Devin died, both of their charges were upgraded, charging them with second degree murder and held on $1,000,000.00 bail.

Here’s where things became even more disturbing.  The night after police sealed Moorman’s apartment for evidence, a fire broke out in it and is now being investigated as arson.  Authorities have not stated whether they think the fire was started to destroy evidence, or if the fire was started as a reaction to the charges against Moorman and Urban.  Personally, I don’t think anyone who would be enraged enough about the abuse would be stupid enough to set fire to the one thing that could solidify the prosecutor’s case.  I think it was set to destroy any evidence, but the question I would really like answered is who else knew of the abuse in enough depth to know evidence needed to be destroyed?  Does that not seem a little off to anyone else?

Anthony Urban

Anthony Urban

A neighbor told police she noticed a large bump and other injuries on Devin when he was helping his mother bring bags in from the car earlier that week.  Other neighbors noticed the boy was sporting a black eye a few weeks before.  They all said they were going to call Child Protective Services.  Good intentions weren’t enough to save Devin’s life though.  Here’s the kicker – the neighbors stated that Devin was covered with questionable bruises and bumps long before Urban came into the scene.  Devin’s father has stated that he saw no signs of abuse even though CPS had been involved with Moorman but nothing ever seemed to come from it.  (It is unclear as to the relationship Devin had with his father or how often his father saw him.)  I am so sick of hearing about a beautiful, innocent child dying, while CPS sat by, aware that abuse may be taking place.  UNACCEPTABLE.  Things need to change, and they need to change now.

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

A month after Devin’s murder, his family held a benefit in his honor to raise money for a non-profit organization that works to stop child abuse.  Devin’s family have stated they want the little boy’s short life to have a lasting meaning, and said they felt the best way to honor him is to stop someone else from losing their child.  Devin is remembered as a boy with an unforgettable smile and an unstoppable spirit. Devin’s father and family are hoping the benefit will go a long way to convince people not to wait or hold back when reporting abuse, especially when a child’s life is at stake.  Donations can still be made at an U.S. Bank branch should anyone be interesting in contributing to a worthy cause in the memory of one incredible little boy.

In December of 2012, Moorman pled guilty to second degree manslaughter and child neglect.  In course she admitted to knowing that Urban was abusing Devin, and yet she continually left Devin with him.  She claims that she and Urban were abusing prescription medication at the time of Devin’s death.  Is she actually trying to use that as an excuse?? What comes next, I murdered my baby, but I was high on meth, so Ii shouldn’t be held accountable?!?

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

On February 6, 2013, Moorman was sentenced to 4 years in prison for the murder of her son.  4 Years.  Was this beautiful little boy’s life only worth 4 damn years?  Abusing and killing a dog can carry a sentence of 10 years in prison, but doing the exact same thing to an innocent little boy carries a sentence of 4 years.  It’s disgusting.

Urban pled guilty to unintentional second degree murder and was sentenced to 190 months in prison as part of a plea agreement in which Urban agreed to testify under oath about Moorman’s involvement in Devin’s death.  Unintentional murder??  Is that the OOPS, I only meant to beat him to within an inch of his life, but never meant to actually kill him conviction?

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

While the trials, convictions and sentencing in this case is over, it is far from closed.  A beautiful little boy was yanked from this world, enduring horrific pain and agony in his last days at the hands of those who were supposed to be protecting him from harm.  In Devin’s name we seek justice.  We seek to punish those who so callously took his life.  We seek the opportunity to have our voices heard loud and clear that we will not stand by any longer and allow our children to be taken from this world as Devin was.  We will no longer accept our courts handing out a slap on the wrist to these monsters.  We will not be placated and sit along the sidelines without putting up a fight to demand that justice, true justice is served.  Devin’s killers took his life, took every promise and hope and dream that filled this little boy.  They shattered his very existence and sentenced all of those who knew him and loved him to a life sentence of pain and sorrow.  So I ask you this, is 4 years in prison called justice for taking a life, and ruining many others?  I understand that we will never be able to obtain the complete justice that we so desperately earn to obtain in cases like this.  I understand that as a civilized society, we try to convince ourselves that taking one life for another is not right.  What I don’t understand is when the exact moment occurred that blurred the lines between civilized and indifference.  I strongly believe if you take a life of a child, you have forfeited the right to your own life.  Your right to life ends when you have stolen another’s right to life.

Devin Drake

Devin Drake

Today is a day that we need to remember and reflect upon.  We need to remember the beautiful soul that graced this world while Devin was with us.  We need to look at that smile and know that while monsters took his life, they will never have his spirit and legacy, for those are two things that no one can ever take from Devin.  We won’t forget, and we won’t settle, we will hold Devin in our hearts and use his spirit to fight for tougher laws, harsher sentences, to fight for justice.  Devin’s soul has been laid to rest, and spirit lives on.

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~ by LTWH on February 6, 2012.

4 Responses to “DEVIN DRAKE WAS HORRIFICALLY ABUSED BY HIS MOTHER AND BRUTALLY BEATEN TO DEATH BY HIS MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND – UPDATE 10.01.2013 – CCA0012”

  1. You couldn’t have said it any better. Its very sad that our Legislators are the ones who determine these outrageous laws that allow Children to be put back into harms way with the parents that hurt them. I work in Health & Human Services so I hear about this every day. It angers me to the point that I feel sick to my stomach. If only one of their children would be abused or murdered maybe then they would realize>>>>>>> Parent reunification is not the answer. They only work with Child Protection Workers to get their kids back becasue it is their WELFARE ticket. Do not deny this I work in the field & approve benefits everyday for this. I guess I could call myself a Professional Enabler to all the bad in the world!

  2. Condolences to the family

  3. I think both the boyfriend & the so called woman (that gave birth to a beautiful little boy) should get the death penalty immediately. You can not rehabilate any one that hurts a child. I believe that all child molesters, the humans that beat & kill children & it is a known fact thatan adult did these things. They should immediately get the eletric chair. Because there is no fixing those kind of people.

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