Mother Forgives Ex-Boyfriend Who Killed Her Son Over Soup
A North Carolina mom whose 2-year-old son was beaten to death byoyth.
Lashinna Burger testified Wednesday at the sentencing hearing of Andre Hampton, who beat their son Elijah Burger to death with a hairbrush and a belt in 2008. Outside the courtroom, Burger told reporters that she’d made peace with her son’s killer.
“I want him to live. He needs to get himself together,” Burger said of Hampton, who was convicted last week of first degree murder.
“He needs to seek God so when he passes away, maybe he’ll still reach others, that’s why I want him to live, to get himself together with God,” she said.
She added, “I’m a Christian now, so I feel like if I was to tell them to put him to death, I’m judging him and I have no right to judge him no matter what he did.” Her pleas for mercy were stunning considering the brutality of her son’s death.Hampton, 27, beat the little boy regularly. Burger testified that he whipped their son with a belt and once dislocated her arm. In November 2008, Hampton bludgeoned the boy to death using a hairbrush, a toothbrush and a belt. During a confession, he told investigators he attacked the boy because he wouldn’t finish his soup.