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Prosecutor: Father beat toddler to death, possibly over potty training issues

crimesceneTACOMA — A 32-year-old man is charged with beating his 3-year-old son to death earlier this month, allegedly because the boy was having potty training issues and had wet the bed, prosecutors said.

According to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Kingsa McKnight brought his 3-year-old son into a Tacoma urgent care center on June 13 because the boy was lethargic and vomiting. Nurses at the center told McKnight he needed to take the boy to the emergency room as soon as possible. Instead, McKniight took the child home, prosecutors allege.

McKnight did drive his son to the emergency room on June 21 when the boy was unconscious and not breathing. Doctors and emergency workers gave the boy 12 rounds of CPR, prosecutors said, but were not able to revive him and he was placed on life support. The boy had bruises to his head and chest, and a CT scan allegedly revealed subdural hemorrhages and a skull fracture.

Doctors believe the injuries were caused by trauma inflicted just a few hours prior to the victim’s arrival at the hospital.

The boy also had a liver laceration and a rib fracture, prosecutors said. He was taken off life-support on June 23 and died.

The mother of the victim, who lived separately from McKnight, told police McKnight was angry at the boy because he was not using the toilet. McKnight also told detectives he shared a bed with his son, and the had wet the bed on two previous nights. Prosecutors believe the boy’s potty training issues and the man’s anger could be related.

McKnight is charged with second-degree murder in Pierce County Superior Court. He is slated for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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10 comments

  • John G

    That is heart breaking, I think there isn't a punishment harsh enough for a parent that violates the trust and bond between parent and child… simply put, he should hang!

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  • gordgray

    Why not 1st-degree murder and then beat him as he did the boy but not put on any life support F***ing people who kill and get away with it! as the drug addict's & drunks

  • Melissa

    A gofundme account has been set up *medical bills and expenses for Terrence* please support this family in this tragic time. It was set up by Terrence’ uncles girlfriend (my sister) which never left his side they supported him & his mom they played him music & spoke to him in hopes of the slightest changed but it just wasn’t enough for he was just to tired. SO PLEASE SUPPORT this family & the mother who lost her only child

  • Kit

    There's seems to a lot of bad parenting stories in the news this year. The suspect should be sentenced to a 50 year cell at Walla Walla. What dumbsh*t.

  • Jason

    Man I know this dude from back in the Army…He was violent then and it’s a shame his son had to die. ..I think he even operates a Dispensary on Pacific! Man this is sad! Man glad he’s going DOWN!

  • Disgusted

    I also know this man, or thought I did…….. Anyone who harms an innocent/defenseless child deserves life in prison!

  • disappointed

    I knew this guy during my Army days real lame dude but didn’t see this coming God bless his soul! I’m sorry for the families lost but in my religion all children that young go to heaven