A 3-year-old Orlando boy died after he was beaten with a plastic rod because he drank milk from a jug, authorities say.
Orange County sheriff's investigators say Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel was killed by his mother's roommates, 58-year-old Callene Barton and 28-year-old Lakesha Lewis.
The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that court records show Xavier's mother, Brandi Mokarzel, was awakened Friday by Barton yelling at her son for drinking milk from a jug and eating yogurt. Investigators say Lewis grabbed a plastic rod and repeatedly hit Xavier until the rod broke.
Mokarzel told investigators she grabbed her son and took him into her bedroom, but Barton followed them in, snatched the boy by his arm and leg and threw him.
Xavier began to shake and Mokarzel called 911. When deputies arrived at the home they found Satchel "barely breathing" and "clinging to his life," Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.
The toddler was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
"It breaks our heart," Watrel said of the boy’s death.
Barton and Lewis are charged with first-degree murder. Mokarzel is charged with child neglect for allegedly not reporting previous abuse by the women.
Lewis' 4-year-old son, who was also living in the apartment, was placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, officials said.
Jail records don't show if the women have attorneys.