The man accused of killing a 4-year-old who was found dead in an Amityville home told detectives he punched the boy for refusing to take a nap, according to authorities.
Jonathan Thompson, 31, who was babysitting young Adonis Reed on the day the boy died, pleaded not guilty to second degree murder Saturday.
Furious family members waited outside the courthouse to see Thompson being led away by police. When asked about Thompson, one woman would only say, “You don’t want to know my thoughts, you don’t want to know my thoughts.”
Thompson admitted to punching Adonis, known to the family as ‘Don Don’, twice in the abdomen because he didn’t want to take a nap. The blows lacerated the boy’s liver, according to prosecutor Raphael Pearl.
“I can’t believe he even said that,” said another woman, “He has no heart.”
Police arrived at the Ketchum Ave. house Wednesday after receiving an anonymous call. Inside, they found Adonis lying motionless on the couch.
Adonis had been living with Thompson and his godmother for the last two months while his mother was looking for a new home for them. Adonis’ six-year-old sister has been placed under the care of Child Protective Services.
A makeshift memorial for the boy has been set up on the front steps of the Amityville home.