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Man who beat Dae'von Bailey to death gets 25 years to life

A man who beat his ex-girlfriend’s 6-year-old son to death was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison.

Marcas Catrell Fisher, 36, pleaded guilty last month to killing of Dae’von Bailey in a South Los Angeles home. Compton Superior Court Judge John Cheroske sentenced him to the maximum term in prison, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Marilyn Seymour.

Dae'von's bludgeoned body was found July 23 inside a home in the 800 block of East 87th Place. The boy's mother had left him in Fisher’s care.

Seymour said Fisher beat the boy for more than half an hour. Fisher fled the home after the killing and was arrested about a month later in Las Vegas.

-- Hector Becerra








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Only 25 years to life. Sad, sad, sad. He should never walk in daylight again!

That was a quick sentence!!!!!!!!

Why don't adults who kill children, especially in this horrible way, get the death penalty or at least life without the possibility of parole? Do we value the life of a child less than the life of an adult? This little boy was tortured to death...surely qualifying as a special circumstance that should lead to a stiffer sentence. Our laws don't make sense.

Where's the death penalty when you need it? Unbelievable that we're wasting time and taxpayer dollars with this guy. I don't care if he suffered abuse, as well. There are some people that you just need to wipe out and try to do better with the next generation. Put this guy in the ground and fertilize a tree.

whats with this he killed a child and does not gewt life? or the chair? thanks to some milk kneed judge....lets not vote for this judge

Our Government want to keep our prisons full so that the tax dollars continue to come in. I believe this to be true. In my opinion, if someone is found guilty without a doubt, the law should be an eye for an eye. It should be against the law to get tax payers to pay to keep criminals behind bars who rape, murder and/or mutilate innocent people especially children.

Perhaps in prison he will yet meet justice.

Hi Diane,
I agree with you. Our laws are too lenient on offenses against children.
check out the statute of limitations on ANY kind of assault on a child, whether rape or attempted murder. Most children carry the memory of their assault well into adulthood without saying a thing and many go their graves at an old age keeping it secret. If and when one speaks out the statute of limitations typically works against them. Meanwhile creeps keep on doing what they've been getting away with for many more years. Californians need to get their act together to protect their future.

That's why I feel that any child or young adult that speaks out about their abuse in the time constraints that our judicial system allows, is a certified hero in my eyes.

I hope he gets his in jail. He needs to be treated the way he treated this defenseless child. Hopefully he will get his just desserts "an eye for an eye". What a tragedy to do that to an innocent child. What was the mother thinking? Apparently, this was not the first time he inflicted pain and punishment on this boy. Where were the social service folks when this was going on? Where were the grandparents, or neighbors or a responsible adult, or even a family member? This did not have to happen. The first time he was brutally punished by this animal, he should have been taken away and placed in foster care. There should never have been a second time!

This man should never see the light of day. He is a coward.

How the hell does this guy only get 25 years? What is wrong with our laws?

Not only should he not ever set foot outside again , how about sterilizing the negligent oxygen thief of a "mother" and i use the term mother very loosely .

What I find astonishing is that only 3 people reviewed this article, but over 300 people reviewed another article about some dude who got fired for gambling on the job.

I can only guess as to why.

I'm surprised he did not receive the death penalty, it seemed only fitting.

This is another reason why more, if not all men, should be there for their children. May the peace and blessings of the Almighty be upon this child, Dae'von Bailey.

Hillsboro, OR

what ever happent to the gas chamber ? he beat a baby for more than 30 minutes , hello ! electricity please

to Diane:
I agree -- this is a most pathetic sentence, this monster abused Dae'von, a defenseless young boy REPEATEDLY while the county looked the other way. His school reported ongoing evidence of abuse and child protection did nothing!

The system has totally failed Dae'von and society in general. The killer can probably get out of prison a free man in 12 years...that is about 100 years way too soon.

He won't last 6 months in prison.

suprisingly california has some pretty good child abuse sentencing, california and florida. some states like Illinois and Vermont child murders and molesters get off scott free. I hope this man burns in hell and gets his black ass kicked every day in jail. which he will. just gas him who cares about him anyways?

It's nice that a murderer being sentenced allows everyone to feel self-righteous, but that's setting the bar rather low.

I guess that when you murder young black children, they are only worth 25 years.

We, as a society, failed Dea'von.

Dea'von did everything right: he told his teachers and neighbors his mother's ex-boyfriend was beating him.

Child and Family services PLACED him in the same home living with Fisher who was BEATING him for MONTHS. Dozens of calls came into LA County Child and Family services with allegations of the abuse. After each call, LA County Child and Family services opened an investigation. What happened?

According to this LA times article (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-child-killed25-2009jul25,0,220819.story) Dae'von's death occurred after his case had come to the attention of county child welfare officials.

I personally will never forget this story. I believe the public deserves answers from Department of Family Services Director Trish Ploehn regarding her "full and comprehensive internal investigation."

Is she brave enough to answer these questions? Or is she a coward?


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