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Murder charge filed in death of Raleigh toddler

Posted May 15, 2008
Updated May 16, 2008

— A Raleigh man faces a charge of murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

DonJuan Cassadary Smith Jr., 24, of Raleigh, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter. The charge was upgraded to murder Thursday.

Police, however, won't comment on the investigation.

Officers were dispatched to an apartment at 3320 Hewberry Lane shortly before 7:30 p.m. to join emergency medical services personnel who had been sent on a "Code Blue" call involving a toddler.

A "Code Blue" call indicates someone is not breathing.

Police have withheld the child's name and the cause of death.

Smith was scheduled to appear in a Wake County courtroom at 2 p.m. Friday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk May 16, 2008

    Wait, wait, wait! Has an IQ test been administered yet?

    Lets don't go in that direction. He probably quit school and possibly had a low mentality. My thing is this young man knew right from wrong and knew exactly what he was doing and why. You want him to plead insane? Please!

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 16, 2008

    You know, I believe if the girl's family would have help her than maybe this tragedy in it self would not have happen. So many single un-wed girls are struggling to support their child with very little help from her family. Its like, its your child now you find a way to support the baby/child. What has happen to family today compare to yesterday? Where is the grand-mother, aunts and uncles etc. Someone other than this criminal should have been watching over this child. If you are a neighbor see something wrong going on, call the police, social services anyone that can get that child/baby some help. If the child/baby is taken from the home and away from the mother, so be it. Maybe that is what should have happen here. How many times have the social services been to the home because of problems? How many times did the police go to the home? Probably several times. We need to open up our eyes and save these children from harm.

  • Harrison Bergeron May 16, 2008

    Wait, wait, wait! Has an IQ test been administered yet?

  • cabswife May 16, 2008

    This story sounds all to familiar. When are these women gonna wake up and stop leaving their kids with these men. I won't believe that she didn't have some idea that this was a violent person before she left her son alone with him. So sad for this innocent 2-year-old.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 16, 2008

    42ITUS. You made a very good comment.

  • 42ITUS May 16, 2008

    This is a very sad situation for all involved. Single parent goes to work trying to support herself and baby. Daycare services are either too expensive or not available. She trusts boyfriend to act like a parent for a couple of hours. Boyfriend is jealous and resents having to care for another guy's child. Boyfriend can't get the child to stop crying and freaks out. This happens somewhere every day. Why does our society look down on two-parent families? Unwed parents should be the exception, not the norm.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 16, 2008

    *slightest* bit of closure to the victim's family, then nail the perp to the wall.

    This will not bring closure to the family. It will not bring their love one back. Who wants to observe a life being taken? Not me and I hope I never find myself in that situation. We all are going to die. We are not going to live forever. The tragedy of it all is we don't know how we are going to die etc. We sometimes think dying is for the very old. Not necessary. The youngest to the oldest are leaving this earth every day. Who are you standing behind? Who is in front of you? Do you even know? Its a time to be born - a time to die. Read your bible its there. :) Have a great and peaceful weekend.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 16, 2008

    SweetB- Many thanks.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 16, 2008

    I believe we all have said enough here. Now lets see what the judges, courts and jury along with the lawyers in deciding this young man's fate for taking the life of a 2 year old. The Lord will have the last say whether human like it or not. He is awesome.

  • SweetB May 16, 2008


    this whole thing is sad.