An arrest was made on Christmas Day in what is now known to be the stabbing death of a woman in North Bay Shore along with the fatal beating of her 2-year-old son.
According to Suffolk County Police, Jerry A. Lewis, 24,, Shakeela Planter’s ex-boyfriend, lived part time in Planter’s South Cardinal Court apartment and used to baby-sit Planter’s son Jaiden. Lewis was arrested Dec. 25 after turning himself in to police in Laurel, Md.
VIDEO: Watch Suffolk County Police discuss the murders of Shakeela and Jaiden Planter in the video at left courtesy Newsday.com.
Lewis walked into the Maryland police station at 7:40 p.m. on Dec. 24 and told Laurel officers that he had committed murder in New York and wanted to turn himself in. He was arrested and and charged on a second degree murder warrant after Suffolk Police had been contacted.
The SCPD believe that Shakeela Planter was killed on Dec. 18, after her Saturday night shift as a dietician at Huntington Hospital. When co-workers didn’t hear from Planter by Friday, they contacted her landlord. The landlord checked on her in the basement apartment and discovered her body.
Planter had been stabbed numerous times. Police found that her son was beaten to death before being put in plastic bag and stuck in the apartment’s freezer. Det. Lt. Gerard Pelkofsky also stated that Planter was bound and wrapped and left on a bed.
There is little information about the relationship between Lewis and Planter, or what could have instigated the violence. There were no prior reports of domestic violence and Lewis had no criminal record.
Lewis was expected to attend an extradiction hearing today in Laurel.
Source: Suffolk County Police Department/SCPD with supplemental information and video from Newsday.
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