Dylan Schumaker Murders 23 Month Old Child

Dylan Schumaker was an sixteen year old living in New York State when he would fatally beat a twenty three month old child

According to court documents Dylan Schumaker was suppose to be taking care of twenty three month old Austin Smith but when the little boy would not stop crying Dylan would fatally beat the child.

What Dylan Schumaker is best known for is crying in the court room and begging for forgiveness however moments before he entered the court room he would tell guards that he was going to put on a Oscar performance and the fact that he was a blond white kid that he was going to get off light

However Dylan Schumaker sentencing did not go the way he planned and was sentenced to life in prison with no shot of parole for eighteen years

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When Is Dylan Schumaker Release Date

Dylan Schumaker is serving life in prison however is eligible for parole in 2032

Where Is Dylan Schumaker Now

Dylan Schumaker is currently incarcerated at the Clinton facility in New York

Dylan Schumaker Case

Dylan Schumaker appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of murder in the second degree (Penal Law § 125.25[1] ), arising from the death of his girlfriend’s 23–month–old son.  Defendant contends, inter alia, that the evidence is not legally sufficient to support the conviction and that the verdict is against the weight of the evidence.  Although he concedes that his actions caused the victim’s death, defendant challenges the sufficiency and weight of the evidence with respect to whether he intentionally caused the victim’s death.  We reject those challenges.

It is well settled that “[t]he standard for reviewing the legal sufficiency of evidence in a criminal case is whether ‘after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt’ “ (People v. Contes, 60 N.Y.2d 620, 621, quoting Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 319, reh denied 444 U.S. 890).  Consequently, we must “determine whether there is any valid line of reasoning and permissible inferences which could lead a rational person to the conclusion reached by the jury on the basis of the evidence at trial” (People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495).

Here, the testimony of the Medical Examiner established that the victim sustained ruptured blood vessels in his left ear and near his right eye, hemorrhages in his retina and perioptic nerve, and subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhaging.  The Medical Examiner testified that the victim also had numerous contusions and abrasions on multiple areas of his torso, buttocks, scalp, face and neck.  The Medical Examiner opined that the cause of the victim’s death was “diffuse axonal injury,” which resulted from shearing forces within the child’s brain caused by his head whipping violently back and forth, and that such a result is consistent with the blows that defendant admitted inflicting upon the child.  

The Medical Examiner testified that the child’s injuries were not consistent with a slip and fall as defendant testified occurred, but instead were the result of “multiple impacts.”  Other evidence, including text messages that Dylan Schumaker sent and his trial testimony, established that the child was initially injured before 5:00 p.m., and that defendant inflicted further injuries upon him over a period of several hours during the evening.  Dylan Schumaker admitted hitting the victim several times, including backhanded smacks to his face, and slamming his head on the ground while changing a diaper, all of which culminated in defendant placing the victim on a bed with a pillow over him and repeatedly punching him in the head.  The Medical Examiner testified that the “diffuse axonal injury” caused the victim’s death, and that the victim had “no prolonged survival [after he sustained that injury, but rather he] died soon thereafter, shortly thereafter.”

The evidence also established that Dylan Schumaker frequently stopped attacking the victim while he sent an ongoing series of text messages.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., he told the victim’s mother that the victim had fallen, but for the next several hours he texted with her on that and other topics, flirted with a different young woman, and attempted to sell synthetic marihuana to a third person.  Thus, the evidence is sufficient to establish that defendant spent the evening intermittently attacking the 23–month–old child while engaging in commercial and social activities, and then placed the victim on a bed and punched him repeatedly in the head through a pillow.  “A jury is entitled to infer that a defendant intended the natural and probable consequences of his acts” (People v. Bueno, 18 NY3d 160, 169;  see People v. Hayes, 163 A.D.2d 165, 166, affd 78 N.Y.2d 876;  People v. Watson, 269 A.D.2d 755, 756, lv denied 95 N.Y.2d 806).  We conclude that the evidence is legally sufficient to establish that Dylan Schumaker intended to cause the death of the victim (see generally Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d at 495).

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ny-supreme-court-appellate-division/1725764.html

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