Man Convicted Of Murdering Son Beats Another Child To Death After Prison Release

Whitney West's 17-month-old son, Zaray, died after being brutally beaten by her boyfriend, Francois Brown.

Baltimore, MD – A man convicted of killing his seven-month-old son in 2012 has now been convicted of beating his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son to death.

Francois Brown, 36, was found guilty of the second child’s murder on Aug. 26, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“I’m just blessed that the verdict was guilty,” the toddler’s mother, Whitney West, told reporters before she walked away from the courthouse.

According to prosecutors, Brown and West met on the dating website Plenty of Fish in 2018.

West, a mother of three, testified that Brown had told her that police attempted to pin his son’s death on him in 2012, but that he claimed he was cleared of any wrongdoing, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“He told me that he was not guilty,” West told the court.

One day in July of 2018, Brown took West’s children to a nearby playground so West could get some housework done.

When they returned, her 17-month-old son, Zaray, went down for a nap, West said.

The mother went to check on the little boy when he slept longer than usual, and realized that he wasn’t breathing, The Baltimore Sun reported.

She frantically called 911 and performed CPR on Zaray, but he succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later that night.

An autopsy revealed that the toddler suffered from internal bleeding, bruises to his face, and a fractured clavicle.

Doctors also found that his bowels had been torn, likely by blows to his abdomen, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“Zaray had been punched multiple times,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Lambert told the jury. “Blows so terrible that they tore his intestines. He lost so much blood in his bowel that he eventually died.”

Prosecutors said that Brown viciously beat the little boy as they were walking home from the playground.

Zaray’s older brother, who was just eight years old at the time, witnessed the attack and testified at Brown’s trial, WBAL reported.

Brown’s attorney attempted to convince the jury that Zaray had fallen while playing at the playground, and alleged that the eight-year-old was lying, according to WBAL.

The jury found Brown guilty of first-degree child abuse resulting in death and second-degree murder.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7, and faces life in prison plus 51 years.

Brown served less than three years in prison for murdering his own son, Kendall, in late 2012, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Kendall died after being hospitalized for brain bleeding and fractured ribs.

Brown made an Alford plea in that case – never admitting he was responsible for his baby’s death – and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but four years suspended for child abuse resulting in death, The Baltimore Sun reported.

He was released in December of 2015, having served just two years and 11 months in prison.

Brown was also accused of assaulting another girlfriend’s daughter approximately two years after he was released from prison, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Prosecutors said that he broke the child’s leg and bruised her ribs, but he was never charged in connection with that incident.

“The defendant meets women,” Lambert said during Brown’s most recent trial. “Within a few months, their children are injured.”

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said that the attack on Zaray was “unfathomable,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

“Any person who outright abuses a harmless and indefensible baby lacks human decency and deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and removed from society,” Mosby said. “We certainly hope this guilty verdict brings deserved closure and offers Zaray’s family a start toward healing.”

Comments (71)
No. 1-28
Justretired
Justretired

I say tooth for a tooth. That peice of sh!t deserves a hole popped right between his eyes.

flybynight
flybynight

Baltimore........ that can't possibly be right. <sarc off>

oldbat
oldbat

maybe while in prison he will have an accident in the shower. jailhouse justice for children killers and abusers

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

Why do women keep getting with convicted felons with cases as such. She's partly to blame as is the judge. I have no pity for him and hope the Lord server him a daily dose of prison Justice.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Francois Antoine Brown III's "father" was sued for non-payment of child support and ordered to pay $472 monthly back in 2002.

Just goes to show what a crisis it creates when the family breaks down, and children grow up poor in our once-rich cities like Baltimore that the Democrats have destroyed.

JBo
JBo

Wonder how many more children he'll have to kill before he's really sealed away forever?

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Awww, making the best of second chances.

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

Where’s black lives matter on this!? It was a child. What? It doesn’t count? Or are you BLM idiots still picking and choosing which black persons to protest? Fucking hypocrites.

TWalters
TWalters

Mom is guilty for killing her baby by letting this monster near the child.

29Quench
29Quench

Living in Baltimore, I am disgusted with the "revolving door" of justice within Baltimore City Judicial System. Most sentences in Baltimore City cases are Suspended, PBJ, Nolle Prosequi, STET. Every Maryland woman should look up potential partner's criminal records at Maryland Court Case search. Sympathy to this little angel's family.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

Before today, I didn't know what an Alford plea was. I always knew about pleading guilty to lesser charges, but didn't know it had a name. Thanks for the law lesson.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Hey Baltimore. How is that prison reform working for you? Anyone that killed his helpless 7 month old child in 2012 should never been released. The blood of that 17 month old child's death is a permanent stain on Baltimore for all people to see. Clearly, the theory of social engineering is more important than the life of a helpless child. How disgusting.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

1st of all how tf did this POS get out after only 4 years?!!! 2nd and I don't blame this child's mother but women need to be better at selecting men to bring around they're children! C'mon I don't care if he told her he was found not guilty of the murder of his OWN child I am not dating any man with a past like that!! SMFH RIP Zaray so, so sorry you were not protected 🙏🏼😢💔

gfc1963
gfc1963

Hope he gets his just desserts in jail. Some big black motherfucker makes him his bitch and uses him everyday!

bryantrent
bryantrent

that sob he should have been locked up for life

Mo_
Mo_

"beating his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son to death."

I stopped reading. What kind of female has a monster like this for a boyfriend?!

And tell me again about "prison reform"? The only reform I want is murderers like this scum executed, and in a timely fashion. THAT'S the reform I want. I'm sick of animals like this walking the streets and continuing their evil deeds. Sick of it!

Musicray
Musicray

Why would any woman want this guy? What’s wrong with her!??

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

First, the website POF is not the place to be looking for a boyfriend!! Everyone knows that website's reputation is a "hookup" site. Secondly, once you realized he was involved in a child's death, you should have researched it yourself and not just taken his word. But no, you ghetto hoodrats and trailer trash or whatever you single whores go by, are only looking for one thing...DNA, Dick n Attention!!! You are as much to blame for your child's death as he is!!! You handed your child right over to him for a little DNA!! So take some responsibility!!!

vwiles34
vwiles34

The judge in his first case needs to serve some time along with him.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

We really need the death penalty for animals like this. Need it to happen fast too. Not this 10 years on death row , 100 K cost to the taxpayer shit.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I am pretty sure that as long as it wasn’t a cop killing these black children @HighestCommDemonator is ok with it.

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

People don't do their research Maryland has MD case search to look people up. An ex of mine told me she was shacking up with this guy who ended up stealing her car and her .45 and shot gun. Then she sent me a clip saying he was wanted for auto theft. Yet she didn't even bother to do personal research on the guy.

allforpolice
allforpolice

Convicted of murdering his son and yet she brought her baby around him. Of course he said he was innocent. Is there no common sense anymore? Lets hope in prison he gets what he deserves.

mbfritz
mbfritz

I am pissed as HELL that judges, prosecutors, etc continue to protect criminals over innocent victims! Sickening! He should have been imprisoned for life after murdering his son before he had the chance to lay hands on other innocent children!! What is WRONG with too many of those in our judicial system?!

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

The liberal judge that set him free needs to be removed from the bench in handcuffs and when trial day arrives, make every juror someone harmed by liberal judges that set felons free

DR226
DR226

Mosby says "anyone who harms an indefensible child should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law ". What happened the first time? Two babies dead and one with broken ribs and leg, good track record Mosby! Death penalty is to good for this POS, bury him alive!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

That’s a very disturbing and sad story. I’ll pray for the family and I hope that jerk suffers immensely for years to come. I’d rather he be put to death but that won’t happen unless an inmate does it

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

A school for special kids = students who will not behave in a regular classroom setting. Thugs, bullies, those arrested for assault, etc. I just have to laugh when I see classifications like this. Special kids used to mean learning disabled. It no longer does because those children are taught in regular schools now and have been for quite a while.