Trial set to begin for man accused of beating son to death over bad grades

Trial set to begin for man accused of beating son to death over bad grades

WAGGAMAN, LA (WVUE) - A Waggaman man accused of beating his own son to death over bad grades in school is expected to be in court Wednesday for trial.

Furnell Daniel is accused of using a paddle to beat his then 14-year-old son Jalen to death in February of 2016.

Jalen died of head trauma injuries sustained from the beating, JPSO.

Daniel faces second degree murder charges.

According to our partners | The Times-Picyaune, opening statements are set to begin Wednesday morning.

Daniel's wife is also charged in the crime, and is facing a cruelty to a juvenile charge.

Original reports:

According to police, officers responded to a medical call on Clifford Court in Waggaman, on Saturday around 12:22 p.m. The caller, identified as Furnell Daniels, said that his 14-year-old son Jalen Daniels fell in the bathtub and hit his head. He told authorities that Jalen was unconscious, but still breathing.

Jalen was taken to the hospital in grave condition and later died.

Homicide investigators initially booked Furnell Daniel and Terri Daniel with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

The father told officers that he paddled Jalen the day before for having poor grades. He told them that Jalen kept complaining of pain but he thought that Jalen was only saying that to avoid further punishment.

Once at the hospital, deputies learned Jalen suffered multiple bruises, contusions, lacerations and abrasions on his arms, legs, torso and head and had a splinter above his right eye.

Detectives learned that the victim was hit several times with a paddle and after falling down, he would continue getting hit.

Police say Jalen began vomiting and urinating on himself Saturday morning. He became unresponsive.

While being questioned, Furnell invoked his right to an attorney while Terri admitted to knowing about the incident but was unaware of the extent of the injuries.

Police said at the time that Furnell Daniel would regularly beat Jalen and his 15-year-old brother for  bad grades.