Invisible Children

Dashawn Harris

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.


Five year old Dashawn Harris was beaten to death by his mother, Lashay Patterson, 23, and her boyfriend, Christian Patrick, 25. Patrick became angry with the boy during a homeschooling session and beat the boy with a belt and hair dryer. Patterson said Patrick regularly beat the child during his kindergarten homeschooling lessons. 

Date: November 30, 2012
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Documents: Date:
 Boy, 5, Beaten to Death Because He Couldn’t Pronounce “Sad” 2012-12-21