Father and step-mother face murder trial for the death of 10 year old boy, Shakeil

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Brampton, ON: Garfield Boothe and Nichelle Boothe-Rowe will stand trial for the murder of 10 year old Shakeil Boothe. Shakeel had come to live with his father and step mother, Nichelle in year 2009.  Investigations have revealed that the boy was kept chained to his bed, stomped on and starved. Crown lawyer Kelly Slate told a Toronto-area court that the child had severe injuries, infection in his lungs and blood stream, and open wounds all over. Autopsy report revealed that the boy’s death was caused by a combination of blunt-force injuries, malnutrition, pneumonia and other infections. Both Garfield and Nichelle are facing second degree murder charges. Garfield Boothe was originally charged with failing to provide the necessities of life and NichelleBoothe-Rowe was previously facing a manslaughter charge.