By: Earnest Jones | 11-18-2017 | News
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Bizarre: Waggaman Father Kills Son for F Grade in School

No one likes poor grades, I included, I just don’t think it’s a matter of life and death. The education system is just one of the many avenues through which one can make it in life.

In Waggaman, a father took his son’s life on the grounds of the grades he scored in school, how pathetic is that? Identified as Furnell Daniel Sr., the maniac from Waggaman was accused of fatally beating his 14-year-old son for making poor grades in school.

Justice will have its way as the man has been convicted of manslaughter early Saturday (Nov. 18) after a jury deliberated for about six hours. He’s bound to face a prison sentence of as long as 40 years, less than the life term that was mandatory had he been convicted as charged of second-degree murder.

The 45-year-old Daniel took the witness stand Friday, from where he admitted that he was wrong after using a wooden board from a baby crib to beat his son, Jalen Daniel. The victim suffered skull fractures, a broken wrist, a fractured knee cap and bruising all over his body. Daniel told the court he should have sought help for his son sooner.

"My son's gone. My son's gone. I ain't worried about no sympathy. I've got to face this every day of my life. I've got to still live with it," Daniel said, crying in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. "It's my fault."

A 12 person jury handed up the manslaughter verdict around 1:30 a.m. with Daniel being the only witness to testify for the defense during the four-day trial.

The father revealed that the Feb. 5, 2016, beating happened at the family's home on Clifford Court after Jalen arrived with an F grade in his social studies class. The boy had made a B earlier in the semester, and Daniel grew frustrated, pulling a 4-foot-long board from a crib to administer the beating as punishment.

The incident left his son seriously injured, but the father waited about 19 hours before dialing 911 for help. Jalen died after two days in the hospital. The sentencing will take place on the 27th of November.


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