all credits: NBC News
published: 14 April 2020
The death of a 3-year-old Fort Worth boy who died Easter Sunday in state custody is being investigated as a murder, and his mother said she warned child welfare workers weeks ago that he was being physically abused.
Amari Boone, who was in the custody of court-appointed caregivers, was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center Friday morning with severe head trauma, police said in a statement. In addition, his parents said every one of his fingers and both arms were broken.
“He was amazing,” his mother Ariana George said. “He was the most brightest spirit you have ever met.”
George lost custody of her son about a year ago after she fell on hard times and became homeless, she said. Amari lived with an aunt for a while. And when she couldn’t care for him anymore, a judge ordered him to live with two men who were friends of his parents.
“We both thought we knew them,” George said.
But soon after getting custody, the friends took him to the hospital with a sprained ankle, saying he fell down some stairs, according to the parents.