My two-year-old nephew Jesus Hernandez was beaten to death

by Brenda Hernandez
(Elkhart Indiana)

This story is for my nephew, Jesus. He is no longer able to share his story, for child abuse claimed his life. At the age of two, my nephew Jesus was such a loveable child. He was calm, quiet and in the middle of potty training.


My nephew's mom had nowhere else to go, so we told her she was more than welcome in our home, seeing as she had my nephew. His mother was struggling financially, and decided to get a job working as a waitress. Once there, she met a fellow by the name of Eric Kline. They than began a romantic relationship. She would leave to work and not come back to even check on Jesus at all. My mother then began to make police reports because of her neglect on not caring in what type of condition he was in. After one incident of being gone for almost a week, we reluctantly told her that she needed to begin taking better care of her son. She then started to take my nephew with her at night.

Slowly, we began to see his development halted. He was not progressing at all. We also began to notice he had weird scratches and bruises that were unheard of for a two-year-old. When we questioned her about these injuries, she became enraged and gathered all of her things and left. That was on June 10 2007. After a couple of days, we began to get really worried. With no way of getting hold of her, we were just plain scared for Jesus.

On July 10, we heard of a child being beaten to near death in our neighboring city of Middlebury Indiana. We all thought, "Oh my." We felt so bad for the family of this child and for this child.

A couple of days later, we got the most terrifying news you could ever receive. The boy they were all talking about was my nephew. He had passed. We had to find out through a television set, as if we too were strangers to him. We then raced to the hospital where he was taken and realized it was my nephew. Apparently, he had been beaten to death by his mom's boyfriend while he was watching him because she was at work. She had complete say so over arrangements and never even advised us about him being in the hospital sp that we could say our goodbyes. We never even knew of a service—direct cremation is what happened to him.

With deep hurt, I tell this story to make people realize that child abuse has become all too common. We need a resolution. We need to make the laws so much stricter.

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Mar 25, 2008
Deepest sympathy...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Brenda, my sincere condolences over the loss of your beloved nephew, Jesus.

I agree with you; we do need stricter laws when it comes to dealing with child abuse. I hope his abuser is found guilty and must serve the Indiana state maximum of 50 years in prison for the crime of taking the life of such an innocent child.

Thank you for sharing Jesus's story with my visitors and me.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Mar 26, 2008
The Dating Mom in the 21st Century
by: Aunt Sandy

All too often we hear the comments in the paper or hear of them on television that another child has lost their life to their Mother's boyfriend.
I find it appalling that the first thing many women think about after having a child, or divorcing would be another relationship.
It seem child homicide by friends of the mother are increasing. These women usually after returning to the work force, will date men for four basic reasons: financial support, sexual desire, babysitting or a roof over their heads. Sad statement that the boy have a safe haven, but the mother took him with her. Too bad her priority of protecting the child and maternal instincts did not provide better for the child.
Prayers to you. I hope everyone heals soon.

Mar 26, 2008
child abuse
by: cheryl

i am so sorry for your loss, i too lost my 2 year old grandson due to alcohol abuse, my daughter and my grandson were staying at a motel my daughter who comes from and alcoholic family.Yes i,m and alcoholic to but i haven't had a drink since Feb 12,08 On that fateful evening my daughter passed out and rowed over on my grandson and suffocated him.Her boyfriend found them but they could't save my beautiful Sheldon who had been staying with me the last 3 weeks of his life my daughter was in and out of jail 9 times of p.i charges the judge just kept letting her out.I know deal with alot of guilt knowing that i should have protected my grandson on that nite and not let my daughter take him for the nite but i didn't have any legal papers and you always think it cant happen to my family, but i now know it can and feel the emptyness in my heart ever day. My daughter is now in jail for neg. and is looking at 30-50 yrs my grandaughter who is 6 is in the custody of c.p.s. it's been so hard on my whole family we lost the youngest one on Feb 6 08 and i don't think my family well ever be the same.

Mar 30, 2008
Oh my gosh
by: Anonymous

this is disturbing this makes me think about my brothers and sisters. May god be with this little 2year old boy

Aug 04, 2008
Deeply Saddened
by: Anita

I just read about what happened to your precious nephew,my heart goes out to you,child killer's are the most evil people,this guy deserve's the death penalty.

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