Posted on December 1, 2011

Murder Defendant Told Police He Punched Child Who Died in Cahokia

Nicholas J.C. Pistor, STL Today, November 29, 2011

When 6-year-old Ryon Smith wasn’t locked in his mother’s closet inside her Cahokia home, he was being beaten by her live-in boyfriend, prosecutors told a jury today.

Ryon was found dead with bruises and abrasions covering his body on Christmas Day 2005, they said, opening their first-degree murder case in St. Clair County Circuit Court here against that boyfriend, Lee Crutchfield.


Crutchfield described how Ryon was a difficult child who often hurled racial insults at him. Crutchfield is black, the boy’s mother is white.

“I can’t stand to be around a child that is disrespectful,” Crutchfield told police.

He alleged that the boy would fake seizures and urinate all over the house. The boy was given a diaper and often locked in a closet, police said.

Crutchfield said he punched Ryon twice in the head because the boy was biting his finger about two days before he was found dead.

Ryon died from blunt force trauma, prosecutors said. {snip}

The boy’s mother, Starr Lohman, also is charged with first-degree murder but is reported to have reached an agreement for a reduced charge in return for testifying against Crutchfield.


28 responses to “Murder Defendant Told Police He Punched Child Who Died in Cahokia”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s almost as if, in the view of Mr. Crutchfield, the answer to “disrespect” and racially offensive language is murder.

    Here, from the article, is part of the defense:

    Thomas Keefe III, Crutchfield’s attorney, said police descriptions of the boy being covered with bruises is inaccurate.

    “It wasn’t bruising. It was decomposition,” Keefe said.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There was a time when Cahokia was a decent place to raise a family especially for whites. Last summer I had occasion to drive through there after having left some fifty years earlier. It was sad to see the downfall of that once nice residential community. I recall reading a similar incident in that area also involving the murder of a white child by the live in black boyfriend. This is common treatment of white offspring by the criminal types mom accept in their house. Using the excuse of disrespect makes me wonder why he remained if he felt so abused. This is a symptom of black behavior towards the white offspring, makes me wonder why mother allowed him to live there.

  3. Question Diversity says:

    If Lansing, Michigan is the miscegenation capital of America, then Cahokia, Illinois is the miscegenation capital of the St. Louis area.

    Notice what we have here is the death of yet another young child at the hands of the mother’s new boyfriend that is not the child’s father. Pay attention to the news — When an infant is murdered, it is almost always at the hands of the mother’s new boyfriend. Wherever there are masses of homeless teenage boys, it almost is always a result of their mother’s new boyfriend’s domestic pressure. I have already expounded here my theory about the parallels between the leonine world and human beings, especially certain human beings.

    As late as 25 years ago, Cahokia was virtually all white, in spite of being right up against East St. Louis, and the housing was affordable. It was probably the ne plus ultra of the Sailerian concept of “Affordable Family Formation.” For whites. But, its unfortunate geography doomed it.

  4. Bill R says:

    Note the three different last names. Same old story. White race traitor, black boyfriend, half breed from another guy probably. I’m beginning to think fat white broads ought to be sterilized. So many seem to go for the blacks, and bring us further needless “diversity”.

  5. Spartan24 says:

    Just horrible! It sounds like the kid was beaten for being white.

  6. Integration Anxiety says:

    As I’ve posted on yesterday’s topic about a Somalian primitive raping a ten year old Danish girl in Europe at knifepoint. This American primitive would not be found with a heart still beating. We’ll put it that way. Where is the boy’s father? Where were the boy’s grandparents? This child didn’t have a chance from his brain dead white relatives. This mother doesn’t deserve a plea deal neither. Pro-suck-cutors all over this country make deals with the lowest of the low in society. Is there any wonder that the prison re-entry rate is so high? The criminals figure that they will be released one day, so they will try to commit more crimes while they are out, knowing most WILL see the streets again. American justice system is not the best in the world. Maybe on certain things. For instance if you are absolved of a crime due to DNA evidence, you lose a lot of years in your life, but at least you do get let out. A healthy payout too, for your struggles.

    But many other aspects of our injustice system are a scam, and the mainstream population is starting to open their eyes (hopefully). The prison industrial complex locks nonviolent White marijuana violators in with hardened, 20 felony count, Whitey hatin’ 300 pound Lamontay and he’d love nothing more than to abuse his pencil- necked new pasty White cellmate.

    Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of white low IQ criminals who deserve their prison fate. But there are quite a few who are there because some DA has a beef with some White kid and he needs to get his conviction percentage up. And blacks complain that the “Man” has it out for them? Pot meet kettle, and all the so-called social justice activists who are black go quiet on the topic of black on White crime. And the left backs these charlatans like there is no tomorrow. At least back in the Jim Crow days, there were a lot of Whites standing up for blacks. Did the favor get returned? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  7. Snowhitey says:

    You can see a picture of the white (Lohman) that is the real culprit behind this pathetic story:

    Where’s was the boy’s father? And his grandparents?

  8. Ben says:

    I am not sure I get the point of this problem?

    Did a white boy have a black male locked in the closet and he called him pecker wood, snowball, honkey or something like that which caused him to go into a rage a kill the fine black for what he had said?

  9. john says:

    Some stories are just too disgusting and squalid to run. This is one of them.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nick Clegg would be happy, racism was met with a steel fist. Racism is the top of the food chain, above violence and murder.

  11. A. Windaus says:

    New Zealand recent had a problem similar to this, their solution was to remove ‘provocation’ from the Crimes Act as a legal defence for assault in all its forms (male assaults female, grievous bodily harm, murder, etc). This means that if you attack someone because they called you a name you’ll still be charged with the crime you committed because you didn’t walk away or keep your cool.

  12. fred says:

    This isn’t just a horrific crime. This is a story about the nature of the beast. When a male chimpanzee replaces another male chimpanzee it typically kills the other’s offspring. Lions do the same thing when a new one takes over a pride. Tomcats do it, too. It’s common with a lot of species.

    Women need to realize that when they come into a relationship with a new man there is often hostility towards the previous mans’ children. Particularly if the child is male. And when the children are of another race the hostility is magnified. I’ve read enough horror stories like this to realize this is particularly true with black men. It’s part of that “alpha male” aggressive thing they have going on.

    I first noticed it a few years ago in a local story that was almost identical. A woman with a little white boy took up with a black man. He started beating and abusing the boy. It went on for about two years and finally ended with him beating the boy to death. Of course, he’d had a 2 yr old with the mother which he never laid a hand on.

    While the woman was testifying at the trial she turned to the defendant and mouthed, “I love you” to the man who had murdered her child. Doesn’t that just warm your cockles? As far as I’m concerned, they both should have gotten the needle. Any woman so desperate for a man that she’d allow her children to be beaten and murdered is complete garbage.

  13. Joe says:

    This black killer is a victim of racism, sure. That’s always the line they (blacks) give when they commit evil, and can’t defend it. Looks like the mother is going to get off – she’s just as guilty.

    Pretty cruel, but black are really cruel people.

  14. sbuffalonative says:

    I once read a short essay in a college newspaper written by a student who experienced something similar.

    When he was about 10 years old, his sister started dating a black man. This boy though the black man was cool and he idolized him.

    One day, he saw this black man’s friends outside and he called to them using the n-word; a word his sisters black boyfriend used all the time.

    The girls black boyfriend picked the kid up and slammed him against the wall and told him he was never to use that word.

    The essay ended that he learned everything he needed to know about blacks that day.

    Personally, I do what ever I can to stay away from blacks. When I have to deal with them, I’m polite and cordial. However, I never go out of my way to become friendly with blacks because I know that I will have to watch everything I say and adjust my behavior to prevent any misunderstanding that could turn into a confrontation.

  15. olewhitelady says:

    Bill R #4:

    If “fat white broads” are going for black men, it’s usually because not enough fat white dudes will get out of their mothers’ basements and strike up a real flesh-and-blood relationship with a woman.

    White men still run this country. If white women aren’t doing what they want, why don’t they do something about it?

  16. Bandmo says:

    His defence will be something like “He started it and I feared for my life”.

  17. White Mom says:

    Blacks have learned that the “he said something racist” argument works so well that they’re now using it to excuse murdering 6 yr old children. I doubt there were any racial slurs involved, but this black murderer expects to be acquitted or given a lesser sentence just for a toss of the race card.

    It’s ultimately whites’ fault that we’ve allowed them to excuse horrible violence in the past by claiming racist language or symbols (see the 6-on-1 beating by the “Jena 6” and Omar Thornton’s murder of 8 white co-workers).

    We’re going to have to amend the old expression to: Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you…unless you’re black, in which case you may use deadly violence in ‘defense’ when exposed to alleged words.

  18. white is right, black is whack says:

    The only people that will excuse him are black bigots themselves or delusional whites.

  19. Spartan24 says:

    Olewhitelady-I agree too many white men want a supermodel or are so immature that they live with mom and dad and play video games until they are 30. They then want to date girls who are much younger. I have been a large woman most of my life- not obese but a tall large boned person. I dress well and keep myself up. My parents told me that if I ever brought home a black man I should never come home again. If I were single I would stay that way rather than lower myself to dating a black man.

  20. Bob says:

    I was the newspaper editor in Cahokia 25 years ago. It was mostly white then. Since then, a lot of blacks have moved in, and of course look at what has happened. And somehow…the paper has gone out of business. I can’t imagine why.

  21. Question Diversity says:

    20 Bob:

    Was there ever a paper in Cahokia? The only dailies on the East Side that I ever remember are the Belleville News-Democrat, the Alton Telegraph and the Edwardsville Intelligencer. Maybe the Suburban Journals had a Cahokia edition? Or could you be referring to the P-D’s unique Illinois edition?

  22. Bob says:

    The Cahokia-Dupo Herald, for a while owned by the Belleville News-Democrat. It’s now long gone, probably because the advertising pullled out, there being no one left in Cahokia to buy anything.

    I was shocked the last time I went through there three years ago. It used to be a pretty nice place; now it’s basically a slum, like East St. Louis and Centreville.

  23. Anonymous says:

    @QuestionDiversity-You are correct. I have worked with this population. We had a saying “It’s always the boyfriend”

  24. Anonymous says:

    One day, he saw this black man’s friends outside and he called to them using the n-word; a word his sisters black boyfriend used all the time. The girls black boyfriend picked the kid up and slammed him against the wall and told him he was never to use that word. The essay ended that he learned everything he needed to know about blacks that day.

    This young man got an education in a hurry!

    Blacks have learned that the “he said something racist” argument works so well that they’re now using it to excuse murdering 6 yr old children.


    That does leap to mind when you look at this story. And with a sympathetic jury, it might get a few years knocked off his sentence.

  25. Abel says:

    I just want to complement all the commenters on a great job. This is been a very interesting thread, especially as I live in St. Louis. Funny that there are so many St. Louis area users of this board. I guess it’s because of the unique “problem” that we have in (clubs, diamonds, hearts) over here.

    I wish we would institute that New Zealand law. Recently in St. Louis prosecutor let off a white mom that murdered her 13-month-old blonde haired, blue eyed baby boy … because his wanting to wake up at eight o’clock in the morning wanting to be fed “bothered” her. (I say “let off” because he charged her with only second-degree murder. she should get first-degree just like any other out-of-control person.)

  26. Question Diversity says:

    25 Abel:

    It’s not that our particular problem with that “suit” is much worse than in other cities. One reason why white people in St. Louis are significantly more racially aware than our cousins on the other side of the state is that historically, St. Louis has had more blacks for longer than KC, and St. Louis’s white population has a definable ethnic heritage. A white person in Kansas City is far more likely to think of him or her self as a “plain ole regular American.”

    If that explanation doesn’t work, then I can think of is that the thin crust pizza and toasted ravioli is subliminally advertising AR in some way.

  27. Brown-Eyed Devil says:

    oldwhitelady and Spartan24 have both got the wrong end of the stick. How typical, to speak ill of blacks and other minorities for using hoary old excuses and yet turn around and blame their own men for the white mixing phenomenon. These women are mental defectives. They either despise themselves, are exhibitionists, or are getting back at mom & dad for not putting them on a pedestal. I suspect that you both have an advanced (and probably media-fueled) case of Entitled American Female syndrome. Women that pursue relationships outside their race aren’t anything new. A female relative of mine married a non-white in the 1940s, immediately after WWII. With all the soldiers home from battle, and probably hoping for female companionship, my family feared the worst for her if she encountered any young white men in the company of her husband. Most of my family always believed that she did it strictly to get back at her mother, within months the marriage fell apart, she was left with a mixed child, and went back to dating men of her own race. And guess who ended up bringing up the mixed baby? Her mother!

    So, continue to blame your own white men for your troubles. From the sounds of it, you’re both the types that have white men in this country looking for other options-and marriage ain’t one of them. And how, pray, is playing games in the basement any worse than being a bitter cat lady in front of the Oprah show, remote in one hand, and cookie dough in the other?

    Dry up.

  28. Anonymous says:

    So, what are the good Citizens in this county going to do about it?