--- - February 5, 2011
Ronderique was sixteen months old when he passed away. At the time, he was in the care of his father, Dwayne Poole, and his father's girlfriend, Tonya Myers. Caseworkers had put him in his father's care after examining his case. It was in his father's care that Ronderique was fatally beaten because he was playing near an electrical socket. Ronderique's mother, Fredreda Scott, had attempted to get custody of him, but did not meet the requests of the caseworker.
Dwayne had a history of battery arrests, and in Ronderique's case, he was charged with child abuse and first degree murder. His girlfriend, Tonya, was charged with child neglect after she admitted that she knew that Dwayne had knocked Ronderique's teeth out, yet had done nothing to help the boy. When she was asked why, she said she didn't do anything because Dwayne had threatened to knock her teeth and her daughter's teeth out too.