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Police: Mother, boyfriend in custody for death of 5-year-old Dashawn Harris

Lashay Patterson, 23, and her boyfriend Christian Patrick, 25, have been charged with murder for their alleged involvement in the death of Patterson's young son.

Police yesterday arrested a North Philadelphia mother and her live-in boyfriend for allegedly killing the woman's five-year-old son.

Lashay Patterson, 23, found her 5-year-old son Dashawn Harris unconscious early Saturday morning inside the home she shared with boyfriend Christian Patrick, 25, on the 600 block of North 13th Street, police said.

The child was rushed by medics to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he died shortly before 1:30 a.m. He suffered burns and bruises to his body, according to investigators.

Patterson and Patrick were arrested on Saturday for their alleged involvement in Dashawn's death. The two were each arraigned around 8 p.m. and charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, endangering the welfare of children, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment.

Both suspects' preliminary hearings have been scheduled for Dec. 19.

Patrick is no stranger to the court system – he was in March of 2008 found guilty of criminal conspiracy and manufacturing, delivering or possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a maximum of one year's treatment at a long term residential in-patient substance abuse program, according to court documents.

Patrick the next year pleaded guilty to simple assault, for which he was sentenced to a maximum of 18 months of probation. Bench warrants were issued for Patrick's arrest due to probation violations twice in 2009 and twice in 2010. The court filed multiple delinquency notices in 2011 and in 2012 for Patrick's alleged failure to pay court fees.

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