A seven-year-old Las Vegas boy has been beaten to death by his stepfather and mother for not reading his Bible, authorities said.
Markiece Palmer, 34, and Dina Palmer, 27, were charged with murder last week along with other counts of child abuse and neglect.
Roderick Arrington, seven, was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas last Thursday unconscious and with brain swelling. He died the following day.
Second-grader Roderick recently moved to Las Vegas from Illinois, where he had been living with his father and grandmother.
Markiece Palmer told police he had spanked the child for lying about reading a Bible verse and failing to finish his homework. He said the boy then slipped and hit his head.
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