The tragic consequences of family violence by adults has permanently impacted the lives of two toddlers in Staten Island, New York. Jamecka Lewis, 23 got into a fistfight with her cousin’s boyfriend in the kitchen at 3:55 a.m. last week. During the fight, the enraged Lewis threw a frying pan of hot oil at the man, the man was able to dodge out of the way and the oil splashed over Lewis’ 2-year-old son and his 2-year old cousin.
Both boys suffered burns that may lead to permanent scarring and the cousin may lose an eye. Lewis was arrested and faces multiple charges, which include assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held at Rikers Island Prison on a $25,000 bail and is due back in court this week.
Strangely enough the apartment complex where the attack took place, Arlington Terrace, has a history of violence. In September of 2011, 2-year-old Samayah Bailey was shot in the face and lost an eye. The little girl was simply walking along the street, licking a lollipop.