The odds were stacked against a 1-year-old child from the very beginning.
Thirty-five-year-old Craig Dickens will spend 14 years to life in prison for killing Daevon-Branon-Banks. The circumstances that led to his tragic death are heartbreaking.
Branon-Banks was curious about life. His life was cut short on August 15, 2017.
“He had a magnetic personality and he was so fascinated with other people, especially kids,” said Gabrielle Branon-Chesley, Daevon’s mother.
On Wednesday morning, his killer sat in court to learn his fate.
“I’m just really upset that i’ll never get to see him grow up and to see the man he could’ve been because he would’ve been a great one,” said Branon-Chesley.
Daevon’s family was overwhelmed with sorrow. Gregory Branon is a former Metro police officer and he’s also Daevon’s grandfather.
“When I was on Metro, I thought that there was nothing else I could see in life that would overwhelm me from the things that I saw when I was on Metro,” Gregory Branon said. “But there’s nothing like seeing your 20-month-old grandson, a little baby, in the hospital bed, bruised up and in a coma.”
Back in 2016, his daughter Gabrielle was accused of driving Daevon while high.
“I feel partially to blame because I know it was my poor decisions that ever got him in the position that he was in,” said Branon-Chesley.
Daevon was put in the care of Craig Dickens. Dickens later admitted to throwing Daevon across a room twice before he died.
“The only person I think about in this entire situation is my son because he was the one who was cheated,” said Branon-Chesley.
It was a senseless death that could have been prevented. Gabrielle says justice was not served today.
“He may still be able to walk away and go live his life one day and I just don’t feel like that’s right or fair.”