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When boyfriends hurt children

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The baby was “irking me.” That’s what Keishawn Gordon told law enforcement when he was arrested for allegedly murdering 1-year-old Legacy Beauford, the little boy who was found unresponsive Thursday at the Webster Houses in Morrisania. Gordon was tired of listening to the child cry and has been accused of punching the infant, breaking his ribs and lacerating his liver. He says he wasn’t squeezing the child’s stomach “that hard.”

It looks as though 4-year-old Jaycee Eubanks suffered a similar fate last week. Allegedly beaten and thrown on the floor by his stepfather, Jaycee was found dead by police in Gowanus. His 6-year-old brother saw it all happen.

Earlier this year, 10-year-old Ayden Wolfe was found dead, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend.

It does not take much detective work to see patterns in these kinds of horror stories. From Nixzmary Brown, the 7-year-old who was tortured and killed by her stepfather in 2006 to Zymere Perkins, the 6-year-old who was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend in 2016, the story is too often the same: What sociologists call “nonrelative males” in the home present serious risk to the children. While many boyfriends and........

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