U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced Thursday a District woman was convicted of felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children in the death of her three-year-old son, Xavier.
Twenty-eight-year-old Francis Lyles of Washington, D.C. became upset with her three-old-son, for “upsetting her newborn’s bouncer seat” on June 18, 2014. After he ran through a Southeast Washington apartment, she began beating him with her fists and/or hands. She continued to beat him, causing a lacerated liver and kidney damage. The young victim lost about one third of his blood and was left unattended without medical attention, food and water for nearly 15 hours, according to court documents.
The autopsy report determined that Xavier died from “multiple blunt force injuries and cause of death was homicide.” The child had sustained over 70 injuries.
In the beginning of the investigation, Lyles blamed her boyfriend for Xavier’s death. Detectives obtained recorded incoming and outgoing phone calls from Lyle’s cousin, which recorded Lyles saying she had “whooped” her son on multiple occasions.