Heartbreaking words are revealed to a nine-year-old before his father strangles him to death and hid his body in a shallow grave.
Azure Charles’s naked body was found under a lawn chair and a foam cooler May 4 in a wooded area behind his western Pennsylvania home after his mother reported him missing.
On Wednesday, Jean Charles, 40, was charged with first-degree murder over the death of Azuri, whose mother, Loella Ellen, 29, was charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment, according to officials.
According to the testimony of a young neighbor, the boy was heard shouting: “No no no, I’m sorry!” hours before his body was found.
Prosecutors said Elaine illegally allowed Charles to monitor her four children despite his child abuse story.
The Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau had banned Charles from having unsupervised contact with any of his children.
Eileen initially told police that Charles had not been at her home in months, but then said she left her son and three daughters in his care on April 30, according to court documents.
The mother claimed she had last seen Azuri in his room on the night of May 3, and when she woke up the next day she found her safety camera in a glass of water.
She also said she found ketchup all over the boy’s room and a metal gas can in his bed, according to Post newspaper.
However, when police checked the room, it was cleaned and the gas could be removed, officials said.
Neighbors said Azzurri beat childhood cancer recently and was having a second chance at life.
Charles was arrested after police reportedly obtained a photo showing him walking near where the boy was found carrying a shovel and pushing an Azure bike.
Jean was arrested on charges of endangering children’s welfare and petty assault in November last year.
according to triblive.coma criminal complaint received by police officers on November 24, alleging that a juvenile had been punched in the eye of his father, known as Jean Charles.
The site goes on to say that the complaint does not mention Azuri as the victim, but rather identifies the victim as a nine-year-old boy.
Charles was charged with first-degree murder, criminal murder, misuse of a corpse, unlawful restraint, strangulation, concealment of a child’s death, and tampering or fabricating physical evidence.