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Two more charged in fatal beating of 15-year-old cousin

Two extra folks have been indicted in connection to the brutal dying of their teenage cousin — who was allegedly crushed with a belt at the least 50 instances and left to drown in an Higher West Facet bathtub final yr.

Jallen McConnie, 15, “was crushed from head to toe” with belts by cousins Mitchaux Booker, Johnette Booker and Joevon McConnie on June 28, 2021, Manhattan Assistant District Legal professional Nicole Blumberg informed a choose Wednesday.

Mitchaux Booker, 33, was arrested on July 1, 2021, two days after his younger cousin’s dying.

Johnette, 40, and Joevon, 39, had been solely lately arrested, having beforehand informed the police they weren’t house on the time of the beating and didn’t know what occurred to the teenager, Blumberg stated.

The Georgia teenager was allegedly "beaten from head to toe" by four of his cousins.
Johnette Booker had beforehand informed police she wasn’t house on the time of the incident.
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Within the month earlier than Jallen’s dying, his relations made his life “a residing hell” by placing the teenager — who had studying disabilities — by way of a “cousin bootcamp,” Blumberg stated in the course of the Manhattan Supreme Court docket arraignment.

Jallen was “bodily and psychologically tortured” — together with being pressured to face the wall or train for hours, and barely being allowed to depart the West 94th Road residence.

Johnette allegedly began the beatings as a result of Jallen couldn’t “full an easy arithmetic drawback,” the prosecutor stated.

On the day Jallen died, the trio alternated beating him with a belt and generally hit him on the identical time with a number of belts all whereas Jallen “whimpered and tried to get away from them,” Blumberg alleged.

Jallen was put through a violent “cousin bootcamp" in the month before his death, according to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg.
Jallen McConnie was put by way of a violent “cousin bootcamp” within the month earlier than his dying, in keeping with Manhattan Assistant District Legal professional Nicole Blumberg.
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Johnette additionally allegedly laughed whereas watching Mitchaux shoot water down Jallen’s throat with a bathe head, Blumberg stated.

The teenager — who lived in Georgia — went to stick with Johnette, who “was entrusted to look after him,” the prosecutor stated.

“As a substitute, a month later, police responded to defendant Johnette Booker’s residence and located this younger boy’s lifeless physique,” Blumberg stated.

Mitchaux and Johnette are charged with first-degree manslaughter. And all three are charged with assault, gang assault and endangering the welfare of a kid. They withstand 25 years in jail if convicted on the highest rely.

The three cousins pleaded not responsible in courtroom on Wednesday.

Jallen's body was found in Johnette Booker's apartment.
Mitchaux and Johnette had been charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Steven Hirsch

Justice Maxwell Wiley held Mitchaux on $750,00 bail, Johnette on $500,000 bail and Joevon on $150,000 bond.

Their legal professionals didn’t instantly return requests for remark.

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