Authorities: Toddler killed for drinking milk from jug

Callene Barton and Lakesha Lewis were charged with 1st-degree murder in the case (Photos from Orange County Jail)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a 3-year-old Florida boy died after he was beaten with a plastic rod because he drank milk from a jug.

Brandi Mokarzel (Photo from Orange County Jail)

Orange County sheriff’s investigators say Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel was killed by his mother’s roommates, 58-year-old Callene Barton and 28-year-old Lakesha Lewis.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that court records show Xavier’s mother, Brandi Mokarzel, was awakened Friday by Barton yelling at her son. Investigators say Lewis grabbed a plastic rod and repeatedly hit Xavier until the rod broke. They say Barton then grabbed the boy and threw him.

Xavier began to shake. Mokarzel called 911 but the boy died.

Barton and Lewis are charged with first-degree murder. Mokarzel is charged with child neglect for allegedly not reporting previous abuse by the women.

Jail records don’t show if the women have attorneys.

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