Boy, 6, in Critical Condition After Severe Beating by Parents, Police Say

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Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Benny Gibson, 49, beat his boy with buckle-equipped belt.

A 6-year-old boy is on the verge of death after a severe beating by his parents, Phoenix police say.

The parents, Benny Gibson, 49 and Jennifer Paul, 37, were arrested in connection with possible child abuse charges.

Police and paramedics raced to the home near 7100 North 19th Avenue just after 1 a.m. on Monday following reports of a hurt child. When they went inside, they found the little boy, Jacob Gibson, not breathing and racked with convulsions.

Doctors operated on the boy after he was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital, but he remains in "extremely" critical condition "with massive brain swelling," according to a statement by police.

Marks and bruises on Jacob show he suffered a particularly brutal beating.

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Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Jennifer Edna Paul admitted to police that she also would sometimes smack her boy, 6-year-old Jacob, in the head. Jacob isn't expected to survive his injuries.

"The child has extensive bruising to his chest, legs, sides and back that included some imprint markings that appeared to have been caused by a belt buckle and possibly a wire hanger," police say in a write-up of the incident. "Investigators are alleging that at some point the victim's head was shoved against a bedroom door."

The child isn't expected to survive, police say.

Gibson and Paul gave conflicting answers to officers when they were interrogated about the boy's injuries.

Paul told an officer that Jacob had been beaten up by a 6-year-old cousin and that he hadn't been feeling well the day before, police wrote in court records. She also told police that the boy had been out playing soccer with some friends, complaining of a headache when he returned home.

The father, meanwhile, told police that his son had tried taking the dog for a walk a few days ago and ended up getting dragged down a flight of stairs, striking his head. On Monday, Gibson claimed, he watched as Jacob suddenly passed out and fell to the floor.

A day after Jacob was hospitalized, Paul spilled to a cop that her husband would routinely beat the boy with a belt and buckle. She confessed that she hadn't done enough to protect her son, and that she'd sometimes participated in "spanking" the kid.

Paul said her husband also would frequently withhold food from the boy as a punishment.

Gibson admitted to striking the boy with the belt buckle, but said it was Paul who hit Jacob in the head just before the boy had a seizure.

Child Protective Services had had an open case on the family since 2005, it turned out.

Jacob had been taken from the couple when he was just four days old. Another child, Velladine, was taken by CPS about the same time. Both kids were given back to the parents when Valledine was a month old, court records state.

Court records note that neighbors of Gibson and Paul had previously called CPS and police on the family after noticing bumps and bruises on Jacob.

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Jmaster32
Jmaster32

I agree that CPS is completely a piece of shit and the police don't help either. The parent that beats the child should be whipped with cat tails then be hung for their retardedness

Rebecca T. Molina
Rebecca T. Molina

Jacob was a beautiful child who would made any mother proud to call him a SON. MONTERS are the only words that come to my mind when I see those pair of rats trash. RIP MIJITO

A mother in Guadalupe.

Rose Dessler
Rose Dessler

I think the parents should be shot. they are cowards, beating a little boy. I hope they get what they deserve in jail.

Sam
Sam

His mugshot alone should be enough to warrant beating him into a pulp - he can barely contain the smug, proud look on his face. There's no remorse or guilt there whatsoever - I hope they throw the book at him.

Duckykittn
Duckykittn

"Jacob had been taken from the couple when he was just four days old. Another child, Velladine, was taken by CPS about the same time. Both kids were given back to the parents when Valledine was a month old, court records state."

Are they twins? Both were taken away when HEe is 4 days old, right? Then both were given back when SHE is a month old? That would make them both infants, and last time I checked it takes roughly nine months to have a kid, so if they weren't twins, wth?

KAZ411
KAZ411

This guy is a complete fucktard and a POS child abuser. It was on the news that he went in front of the judge and asked to be released 'OR' because he has other children and business to take care of. Judge said No. Us taxpayers will be supporting this POS for the rest of his life. He is bound to get life, and we'll be supporting his kids too. Evil, evil, evil. No words to describe this guy and the mama. I hope the boy recovers but it is unlikely.

KatenAz
KatenAz

Atleast this boy's neighbors were concerned enough to call the police. Why wasn't this boy removed from the home on previous investigations?? It was obvious he was being abused. CPS clearly screwed up again. A child with black eyes and unexplained injuries.... come on. He was left in the home when he shouldn't have been. CPS=FAIL.

lost_confused11
lost_confused11

If we all pull together we can fight to stop all of this madness. This all really needs to stop!!

Brightbird
Brightbird

It makes me sick. We are told to tell authorities when we suspect abuse and when we do NOTHING HAPPENS! So who is at fault here for not intervening? The whole system is f-ed and has failed all of these kids. Who knows how many more kids are out there right now getting tortured and nothing is being done because no one can do their job!

Shellonnorth
Shellonnorth

Yup, removed and then returned to his torture chamber by the system. Tragedy and they should be held accountable too.  Did Florida teach us nothing? Or that foster child in Lansing? The social workers, cps, everyone got ripped to shreds at their management of two cases.

Linda Cowell
Linda Cowell

God bless this little boy . May his parents rot in hell !!!

Kimberlywarren64
Kimberlywarren64

im just as disgusted with CPS as I am with these animals called parents. SO F-ING SICK OF IT

Jason
Jason

Are these sick people rotting away in the Flaccid Fool's jails?

What on Earth possessed these numbskulls to beat a 6 year old to the verge of death?

Monty better show us he has the stones to go after these sick monsters. I hope they get the death penalty. If not, I'll settle for life in prison without parole. We'll see how long these sick fucks last.

Kstoho
Kstoho

I'm so sick of hearing this over and over!!  And to call these people "PARENTS" is an insult to us who love our children.  These two are MONSTERS and deserve to get the SHIT beat out of them.  Give them the death penalty and anyone who abuses a child like this!!!  Aren't we sick of housing this trash in our prisons at taxpayer expense!!!! 

Mzmamaz1217
Mzmamaz1217

THiS IS SOOO SAD MY SON WENT TO SCHOOL.WITH THIS LIL BOY HE WAS ALWAYS SO SWEET ND QUiET THE PARENTS ALWAYS GAVE ME A WEIRD VIBE BUT NEVER THOUGHT THIS POOR LIL INNOCENT CHILD WAS GOING THRU THIS MY THOUGHTS ND PRAYERS ARE GOING OUT TO HIM ND HiS SIBLINGS I HOPE ND PRAY HE CAN OVERCOME ND SURViVE THiS!!

Meltabangmomma
Meltabangmomma

-Cps and the police were called about the abuse of Jacob by nieghbors starting last year when a little girl reported to my ex husband that she could hear the torture of this boy thru the walls of the apts my ex husband called cps numerous times and each time the parents would hide Jacob saying he was away with relatives the father went so far as to try to sue my ex for slander and harrassment because he called so many times.The abuse the nieghbors seen was horrendous and cps didnt protect Jacob.I can not tell you publicly what I have been told but my daughter who is 13 told me about the abuse months ago and how cps didnt do anything.

sad one
sad one

Im one of the people that witnessed this abuse and actually called the police , so you can imagine my heart is broken and to hear all the people who heard the screams and cries makes me sick this is what happends when people dont get involved , my mom was scared to get involved so I left and went to the store and called on the payphone and when I got back I told her no kids dying on my watch but still it happend , PLEASE dont be afraid to get involved it could save a life !!!!

Ry
Ry

This is some real messed up stuff and this is my family... I will beat the shit out my uncle since he want to beat somebody !!!

Kittycatlady
Kittycatlady

I agree man, this is just getting unbelievable any more with these worthless pieces of shit parents, they shouldn't even be able to go to jail and waste our tax dollars.  They should just be killed right now. This poor child what he must have thought when this was happening, and CPS your dept. is a bunch of worthless pieces of shit too. God help you if anything like this ever happens to you. Bullshit!

morgana
morgana

tragic.this boy suffered violent beatings with belts, buckles, witholding food, wire hangers on an innocent child. so sad..let's hope they throw the book at these two.. i can hardly handle this sad news.

J Curwen
J Curwen

What the Hell is wrong with Phoenix low lifes? This senseless violence seems to be on the upswing lately. Are these whack jobs crazy with the heat or just crazy?

helentroy4
helentroy4

At least someone reported what they heard. We need more involvement like this, from  the ground up.

Wanderlust
Wanderlust

CPS, like the Phoenix PD, works after the fact.  They prevent NOTHING!

david saint
david saint

does CPS even really work? Seriously, it seems i hear more about them taking kids away from parents under false circumstances or misunderstandings than they do from parents who actually beat their kids! Time for some new leadership in that dept.  

Bnbk
Bnbk

How many more innocent children must be abused & be murdered before CPS stops putting the abusive parents rights ahead of the rights of these indefensible children ! ! This story just sickens me. GOD DAM IT, The legislature needs to change the way things are done at CPS. Benny Gibson & Jennifer Paul are pieces of SHIT that should never again see the light of day . God dam both of you worthless sleaze balls !

Sam
Sam

Yeah, i didn't quite get that either...

Blazingsaddles
Blazingsaddles

Can CPS be sued on behalf of this boy??  It seems like lawsuits are the only way to get things done.  Can the sheriff's dept investigate CPS?  For criminal neglect leading to the death of a child.  I believe the sheriff's office can.  The sheriff's dept is supposed to work for the people, unlike the police dept that works for the city.  Which is why we vote for sheriffs.

pebbles21
pebbles21

Yes, thank you for speaking up. 

Bnbk
Bnbk

Thanks for stepping in & trying to get help for Jacob. What further angered me yesterday was watching, inept MCA Montgomery on TV, chastising the citizens of Maricopa County for not getting involved & reporting this savage abuse Jacob suffered. It is widely reported that this abuse was reported many times to CPA,yet no action was taken to protect Jacob. Mr.Montgomery should be asking CPA why THEY failed to protect Jacob,instead of just mugging for camera time & misplacing blame.

Blazingsaddles
Blazingsaddles

I would've been beating on their door until the cops arrived, I have distracted bullies to save a victim.  It works if you can run fast.  People need to quit being so afraid to get involved.

pebbles21
pebbles21

Thank you SO much for speaking up!!

Anon
Anon

This is why family planning and birth control are needed. People like this do not want children or should not have them. So the "right to life", "pro choice" people need to come forward and handle these tragic situations and the aftermath that follows. Society continues to breed misfits.

Mistalee
Mistalee

To be fair, they cannot intervene before abuse happens. On what basis would they do so?

But they suck at intervening even when abusive behavior becomes obvious. I volunteered for years doing social and advocacy work in an urban environment, and I can't tell you how many times we had interns from the local MSW program working with us, and babbling inane crap about "the therapeutic value of preserving the family unit" when the client in question was a crack or heroin addict who was severely neglecting and/or abusing their child. Hard not to get in their faces about the therapeutic value of not being beaten, starved, pimped or otherwise abused as a small child.

RY
RY

CPS are a bunch of idiots.   What I hear most often is them running and over reacting to false allegations of ex-spouses that are in the middle of custody, visitation or child support disputes.  THAT SHOULD BE A RED FLAG.     They should look at those for what they are.. a disgruntle ex trying to get back at the ex.  Heaven forbid if one of the parents wins over the social worker (they're not very smart anyways) then it becomes a total abuse of authority issue with the CPS worker siding with a disgruntle ex.. God help you.

But when it comes to neighbors that don't have those issues.. they are the best ones to be the eyes and defense for children's protections.. those are the ones that are most often ignored or never followed up on.  

Forget all their defense arguments that they are short staffed, under paid and double case load.. those all have remedies.

This is why new leadership and new policies are in order.

teknik1200
teknik1200

that's what I'm thinking.

They are probably a bunch of idiots. something happens and they don't stop it, so they take the kinds away from the next folks they see.  those folks weren't bad and they get busted.. so they let the next folks go and...

aznative71
aznative71

When a child or animal is beaten, abused, etc., , the abuser or murderer should get the same treatment that they handed out to the innocent little ones.  Get 10 of the biggest, baggest bubbas in Arizona and beat the s... out of them until they are also on life support also. Let them see how it feels.  CPS employees who went to this apartment on different occasions should be fired.  Also the cops that responded at different times should be fired.  The police are suppose to protect and serve...  what a joke.  Unless there is a camera at the scene you can't get one if you need one. Another solution, find a big tree and let the offender hang from it.  An eye for an eye is the only way this is ever going to stop.  Also fire the judge if he lets them go free...  disgusted with all the children that are dying at the hands of wicked people.  It makes me sick hearing about children and animals being tortured or dying all the time.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Oops I meant defensless children

Anon too
Anon too

And some people should be sterilized.

RY
RY

BTW. I am not the same Ry who posted earlier.. RY are my initials and the other is his first name?   ... Just wanted to clarify.

Anon
Anon

The funds have been slashed to handle all this dysfunction, instead focused on SB1070 draining the state of all resources. Thank YOUR  state legislators and governor.

Anon
Anon

The funds have been slashed to handle all this dysfunction, instead focused on SB1070 draining the state of all resources. Thank you state legislators and governor.

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