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Woman pleads guilty to killing stepson at Bragg

Posted April 7, 2011

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— An Arkansas woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to killing her 3-year-old stepson while living at Fort Bragg almost four years ago, authorities said.

Jennifer Arenivar, 27, of Texarkana, Ark., pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. She will be sentenced in July, when she faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Arenivar slammed Joshua Xavier Arenivar's head on the bathroom floor of their home on post at least three times on Aug. 5, 2007. She had tried to wrestle a piece of plastic from him when he bit her, and she told investigators that she lost control, bit him and then hit him, according to prosecutors.

Joshua was taken to Womack Army Medical Center and then transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he died two days later, prosecutors said.

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  • rebecca7 Apr 8, 2011

    Geeze. As a parent, I understand the urge to lose control, but you just CAN'T when dealing with a tiny little life! It's up to the adults to create a safe and nurturing environment for the youth... not kill them.

  • rescuefan Apr 8, 2011

    That poor baby. At least he's no longer suffering.

  • frankbad15 Apr 8, 2011

    WHOA

  • miyata Apr 8, 2011

    How awful....all because she couldn't control her emotions.