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Case Renee Patterson brutally
murdered her two-year-old son while he was laying in his crib
Marsh (Age 2)
Minimum/ Maximum Sentence:
years - Life
Next Parole Hearing:
On April 10, 1990
Renee Patterson went into her two-year-old son Joshua
room armed with a large kitchen knife. Patterson walked
over to Joshua’s crib and slit Joshua’s throat.
Patterson’s husband, who had bought cocaine for her
prior to the murder, arrived home and found Patterson in
the bathtub with a large knife and a cut on her wrist.
She told him she had killed Joshua. Patterson’s husband
then called police. When they arrived at the home police
found Joshua dead in his crib with blood all around him.
Patterson was arrested and confessed to police she killed
her son. According to Patterson she was planning on committing
suicide and that is why she killed Joshua. Prior to Joshua’s
death he had spent time in the custody of Cuyahoga County
Children’s Services due to issues within the home.
trial the coroner testified that Joshua's trachea, esophagus,
carotid arteries and muscles in his neck were cut. The coroner
also stated there were several marks, presumably from a knife
blade, on the boy's cervical spine. According to the coroner
a wound that severe likely came from a sawing action. The
coroner stated Joshua suffered for two or three minutes before
he died from loss of blood. A jury found Patterson guilty
of aggravated murder. She was sentenced to life in prison.
Based on the heinous
and brutal nature of her crime, and the fact Patterson brutally
killed her defenseless, innocent, two-year-old son, we believe
to further the interests of justice and to protect the community
that Renee Patterson should remain in prison until the day
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