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The article at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20080129_Jury_talking_in_infant-dea... talks about the jury deliberation in the "murder trial of Tyrone Spellman, charged with beating his 17-month-old daughter to death after she knocked over and damaged his video-game system". It also says that "Prosecutors contend that Spellman was obsessed with video games, which he played up to six hours a day, and that he became enraged when the child damaged his Xbox system".

Although this death actually happened in September, 2006, I could not find any reference to it in this message board, so I created a new thread instead.

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Holy crap. Although the article made it sound as if it wasn't decided yet if he did it or if the mother did it totally unrelated to video games, the fact remains that this is a very VERY freaky story. =O

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Thanks for posting this, J'Doe. I am adding the printed text: Jury talking in infant-death case
By Michael Matza Inquirer Staff Writer Jurors are to resume deliberations today in the murder trial of Tyrone Spellman, charged with beating his 17-month-old daughter to death after she knocked over and damaged his video-game system. Spellman, also known as Anwar Salahuddin, of the 1500 block of North 29th Street, was arrested in the September 2006 death of Alayiah Turman after an autopsy indicated that the toddler's skull had been fractured in five places. Prosecutors contend that Spellman was obsessed with video games, which he played up to six hours a day, and that he became enraged when the child damaged his Xbox system. "That little baby's head cracked like a walnut. . . . Should we let whoever did this skate on through life?" Assistant District Attorney James Berardinelli said yesterday in his closing argument. Because the child's life was cut short, he said, she had been robbed of the joys of childhood and eventual marriage. "When you kill someone, you take everything they ever had or ever will have. But there is one thing that can't be taken from her, and that is justice," he said, urging the jurors to return a guilty verdict. In his charge to the jury, Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart said the panel could acquit Spellman or find him guilty of murder. If it chose murder, he said, jurors would have to determine whether the act was done with the "specific intent to kill" or whether the harm done was clearly malicious but without the intention to end her life. The jury deliberated for about 21/2 hours before going home for the day. Spellman, who did not testify during the week-long trial, is also charged with the lesser felony of endangering the welfare of a child. In a signed statement to police, he is quoted as saying that he hit the child twice in the face and threw her against a chair but never intended for her to die. His defense attorney, Bobby Hoof, said his client is innocent and the statement was coerced after Spellman was held, mostly alone, inside a Special Victims Unit interrogation room for nearly 24 hours. He confessed, Hoof said, in an effort to protect the child's mother, Mia Turman. Citing Department of Human Services records, Hoof contended that Turman had a history of neglecting the child. Surrounded by some of her relatives Turman sat in the courtroom yesterday and listened intently, staring straight ahead.

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Liz, what city was this in?

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Although you asked Liz, I hope that you don't mind that I answered instead. The article does not say explicitly what city it was in, as you noticed, but since the article is from "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and it was in the "Local & Region" section, it is reasonable to assume that the murder occurred in either Philadelphia itself or some suburb or town very close to it.

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http://www.nbc10.com/news/9824251/detail.html Mother: Father Killed Child Over Video Game
Tyrone Spellman, 25, Faces Murder Charges And Others POSTED: 7:27 pm EDT September 11, 2006
UPDATED: 12:52 pm EDT October 17, 2006 PHILADELPHIA -- A 25-year-old North Philadelphia man has been charged with killing his young daughter. The mother said 17-month-old Alayiah was violently punched by Tyrone Spellman over a video game. "My baby is gone at the hands of her father," Mia Turman said tearfully. "I have to put her in the ground, I shouldn't have to do this." As the 21-year-old took a nap inside their row-home on the 1500 block of 29th Street, Turman left Alayiah in the care of Spellman, who also goes by the name Anwar Salahuddin. Turman said that when she woke, "I asked why my baby not breathing. He says, 'She's breathing.' Her eyes were closed." Turman phoned police around noon. Medics responded and took Alayiah to Temple University Hospital, where the little girl was pronounced dead at 12:37 p.m. Police arrested Spellman, who lives on the 1500 block of North 29th Street, over the weekend. He was charged with murder, endangering the welfare of a child and possessing an instrument of crime. A medical examiner performed an autopsy on the child. "His confession was she pulled the cords in the game, the system is -- the box itself -- fell, and he was upset and then responsible for paying for the game, so he hit her in her face twice," Turman said, adding that Spellman also allegedly slung the child over a chair. Eight-months pregnant with another baby girl, Turman was struggling with how to cope. She said she fell in love with a man who had never been violent before, and she wanted to know what would possess someone to kill a child. "You can't give me a good enough answer to say why you would kill your baby," Turman said. The couple's second baby will be born with her dad charged with killing the sister she never met. "I do not understand this. I will never understand this," Turman said. NBC 10 reporter Deanna Durante said a note on the door of the North Philadelphia row-home Monday night said not to judge Spellman because he would never hurt a child.

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http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080130_Man_who_killed_tot_over_Xbox_convicted_Tyrone_Spellman_is_guilty_of_third-degree_murder_for_fatally_beating_his_17-month-old_daughter_after_she_broke_his_video_game_.html Posted on Wed, Jan. 30, 2008 [size=14]Man who killed tot over Xbox convicted[/size] [size=12]Tyrone Spellman is guilty of third-degree murder for fatally beating his 17-month-old daughter after she broke his video game.[/size] By Michael Matza Inquirer Staff Writer A Philadelphia jury yesterday found Tyrone Spellman guilty of third-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the 2006 beating death of his 17-month-old daughter, Alayiah. During the weeklong trial, prosecutors presented evidence to show that Spellman, 27, a devotee of Xbox-system video games, became enraged and hit the child repeatedly after she toppled and damaged the game player in a front room at the Brewerytown house he shared with his brother. Prosecutors contended that the child's battered body was moved before EMTs arrived and posed near a barbell in another room to make the death look like an accident. The jury's verdict, reached after eight hours of deliberations over two days, means that Spellman, who has three prior convictions on drug offenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, will face a maximum penalty of 231/2 to 47 years in prison, said Assistant District Attorney James Berardinelli. Berardinelli, who had asked for a first-degree-murder conviction, said he was satisfied with the jury's decision. Spellman, also known as Anwar Salahuddin, of the 1500 block of North 29th Street, was arrested in September 2006 after an autopsy indicated that the toddler's skull had been shattered by blows to the head. Throughout the trial, defense attorney Bobby Hoof maintained that his client was innocent and tried to cast suspicion on the child's mother, Mia Turman, who had a history of neglecting the child, according to Department of Human Services reports Hoof introduced as evidence. An early indication of a troubling outcome for the defense came about an hour after the resumption of deliberations yesterday, when the jury of seven women and five men asked Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart the difference between first- and third-degree murder. First-degree murder is a malicious assault committed with the "specific intent" to kill the victim; third-degree murder is the death that occurs as the unintended consequence of that assault, the judge said. In his closing argument Monday, Berardinelli urged the jurors to conclude that the series of blows inflicted on the child's head were done "with a wickedness of disposition . . . a hardness of heart and extreme indifference" to the impact that such a battering would have on the girl's 17-pound body. "That little baby's head cracked like a walnut," he said, urging the jury to return a verdict of first-degree murder because Spellman acted with reckless disregard for the consequences of his actions. In a brief post-verdict conversation that he had with the jury forewoman, Berardinelli said, she told him that the panel came to the conclusion that Spellman acted "in a rage" but without intending to kill the child.

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This is so scary. After what I've been through with my husband's addiction, and hearing stories like this--ugh--it just makes me sick. It's hard for me to hold my tongue around anyone who plays or lets their children play at all--I'm starting to think that games are just inherently dangerous. Are my own experiences giving me an extremist point of view? Man, I would outlaw them if I could--I think it is life-wasting, soul-sucking, vicious distraction from the important and good things we are meant to do in life.

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