INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 30, 2015) – Prosecutors have requested life without parole for an Indianapolis man accused of torturing and killing a 2-year-old boy earlier this year.
Diquan Williams is charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, battery resulting in death of a person less than 14 years of age and neglect of a dependent in connection with the death of 2-year-old Cameron Parks.
The boy died on Oct. 17 from traumatic injuries to his brain, a lacerated liver, hemorrhages in both eyes and multiple bruises. In the request for life without parole, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said the state cited aggravating factors, including that the boy was tortured and less than 12 years of age at the time of his death.
According to court documents, Williams said he pushed the boy and punched him three times in the chest and stomach at home in the 1100 block of North Tuxedo Street. One of the blows sent the boy to the ground, and he hit his head. Williams left him there and shut the door to the room; no one checked on the boy until his mother came home and noticed he didn’t come to dinner.
Further investigation showed the room where the boy was kept was bare and smelled of urine and feces. Williams said the child was sometimes left in that room for 22 hours in a day.
The child’s mother, Dominique Parks, is also charged in the case. She faces two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and a count of neglect of a dependent.