Boyfriend Indicted For Murder Of Child

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(Memphis) A man who told police he spanked his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter for five or six minutes when she cried after a bath, has been indicted on for her death.

Tony McKinney, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse in the death of Ciriyah West.

This happened May 29, 2013 at an apartment near Clarke Road and Mt. Moriah.

McKinney said he was home alone with the child while her mother, Cassietta West, was at work.

Police told us when McKinney picked up West at work, Ciriyah was unresponsive.

The child died a week later due to multiple blunt trauma injuries.


  • Aha!

    Save the taxpayers some money. Let the people in the baby’s neighborhood have a crack at him. Vigilante justice!

  • Joe

    It’s the way of the entitled…can’t handle being the baby daddy, find an excuse to get rid of them.

    • Reah

      You are right and also why was this lazy bum at home at not at work too? Why was he giving the child a bath in the first place he was not here father? Surely that could have waited until her mom was home.

  • Elizabeth Jennings

    Gotta agree with southernbella1920!! How many, many times have we heard of a child being killed by the boyfriend? Surely, the mother saw some kind of signs that the child shouldn’t be left alone with the scumbag. Of course she’s going to keep crying, he kept hitting her! What the hell did he expect? Also have to agree with Aha — let the family and neighbors exact his justice. “An eye for an eye”. If people knew they would be punished the same, exact, way they killed somebody, perhaps there would be a lot less of it. The Bible said it for a reason, you know! With some people, a humane death is too good for them!

    • Elizabeth Jennings

      “An eye for an eye” There’s something to be said for that commandment. Especially, especially where children are concerned. I might think twice when it’s an adult, but not children. The guy couldn’t stand her crying, huh? Well, duh, maybe it was because he was “spanking” her. Sounds more like a beating to me than a few simple butt slaps. I sure would like to hear from the mother if she ever noticed the child not wanting to be around the guy. Maybe he did more than just “spank”, maybe that’s why she was crying in the first place. There’s more here than meets the eye.

      • Elizabeth Jennings

        Gee, Sammi, I’m sorry if I offended you by using the word “commandment”. No, I know it isn’t like one of the Ten Commandments, but it IS in the bible and it IS in the context of punishment. I would hope that those who are reading this would understand my use of the word, even if I used it incorrectly. And, no dear, I’m not ignorant, just outraged at this situation. Perhaps my emotional state clouded my ability to think of a more appropriate word? At any rate, I stand by my position of “an eye for an eye”. Lawmakers think that more serious consequences for a crime will deter the crime. I don’t know if that’s possible because the person commiting the crime probably isn’t going to stop and think about the consequences while the crime is taking place. BUT, maybe it will cause someone to think twice BEFORE the act is committed. Just giving a criminal a virtual “slap on the wrist” isn’t going to stop the next person from doing the same thing. What do you attribute the rise in crime to be? I say it’s because God was taken out of the classroom, and now they’re trying to take Him out of the government altogether. Well, think about this: separation of church and state didn’t intend to take God out of our laws, it only means the state can’t dictate what religion we are to observe, how to worship and where. When God is shut out, the door is opened for Satan to come in and wreck his havoc and spread his evil. And there you have the real reason for the increase in crime — Satan. “Political correctness” doesn’t even allow us to publicly command Satan to get out of our lives, our laws, our homes, our schools. “Equal opportunity” shouldn’t apply to good vs. evil! The people who commit these crimes against children, especially those who PLAN the crime, are just plain EVIL, and, as far as I am concerned, don’t deserve ANY kind of leniency from the courts. I guess I’m through with the soapbox now if you’d like to take a turn. Again, I’m sorry if I offended you by my use of the word “commandment”.

  • Russ Brown

    That is about the worst thing I have ever heard of! How can someone be so cruel and heartless as to beat a child to death? I sincerely hope they throw the book at the sorry animal that did that. Memphis has hit a new low in criminal activity.

  • Spell check this BI-TCH

    You monkeys are out of control. On the other hand I will say a prayer for the child’s family and she is in such a better place. This is horrible and he should be tortured over a long period. He should starve to death. I hope
    People in jail wear him out.

    • Elizabeth Jennings

      Did I miss something? I don’t understand your comment, snowbeast. Must be because I’m old and the subtleties of obscure phrases go over my head!! :-) Who is George Brown and why is everybody responding to him? This is the guy who does the commentary on the news, right? Well, are you responding to something he said on the news or has he made a comment here? If so, I can’t find it. Again, I’m old, bless my heart!

  • snowbeastsareuglyandstink

    Yes miss Elizabeth bless your heart. The comment was directed at a race baiting malcontent.

  • Elizabeth Jennings

    Come on, friends. Let’s don’t let that scumbag pull us down to his level by being ugly to each other. We’re all united in the fact that we hate what this guy has done, and we agree he should be punished in the most painful way possible. Let’s just remember that, OK? My prayers will be for the family of the child, and as a Christian, I’ll pray for him too, that he’ll have remorse for what he’s done and ask God’s forgiveness. He still has to be punished, but maybe his soul can be saved. God loves us all equally, and it breaks His heart when one of us commits such a heinous act. But His forgiveness is there for ALL of us, not just a chosen few. I might not like it, but I have to accept it.

  • don't judge

    God bless this baby! How is it that these women meet guys obviously they don’t know, but quick as hell to move them in to be around their kids …especially girls???? Answer..because they are hard up with low self esteem looking for any man just to say she got one!!! All men are not bring around your kid/kids material!!! Instead of being man thirsty to the point you move them in on the second day, get to know them and do some background checking!!! This shouldn’t have to happen to any child. Is a d— from a worthless P O S worth loosing a kid for???

  • mr.matt

    its all to common that women are so determined to dump their baby daddy and do everything to keep the child away from him and then they turn around and are so quick to trust the next one that comes into thier life. sad sad sad sad SAAAAAD!!!!

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