Waking up to such good news is a rarity, so I’ll take it!
In January of 2020, I began following the heartbreaking story of Brock Kimsey, who was three months old when his mother, Beverly Hueston, went to the store to buy diapers, leaving her son in the care of her boyfriend, 20-year-old Justin Crowe.
Shortly after Beverly and her stepmother, Donna Smith, left Beverly’s home in Gaffney, South Carolina, they received a phone call from Justin saying the baby would not stop crying. When they returned after a total of about thirty minutes, Brock was unresponsive and unmoving.
Donna said, “He looked dead. It terrified me. All black and blue and swollen. He wasn’t crying. He couldn’t open his eyes.”
Beverly, Donna, and Justin rushed Brock to the emergency room, where it was determined he had suffered “two brain bleeds, crushed larynx, and several broken ribs,” according to Gaffney Police Chief Chris Skinner. Brock was placed on life support. It was touch and go for a while, as doctors were unsure if Brock would survive his injuries, but the little guy is a fighter and ultimately pulled through.
His mother told Fox Carolina this week that “Brock is doing well. He is about two years old now and is a big brother.”
After Brock was admitted to the hospital, police took Justin to the station for questioning, where he confessed to punching the baby multiple times in the head. Justin Keith Crowe was arrested on a felony charge of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily injury and held in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Soon afterward, Justin made bail and was released on home monitoring with a GPS tracking device.
Unfortunately, that was the last update I was able to provide on the case. Now, 18 months later, I’m thrilled to report that not only is Brock healthy and happy, but on August 12, 2021, Justin Crowe pleaded guilty to his charge and received a sentence of 20 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. If he maintains good behavior and participates in mental health and anger management counseling, his sentence could be reduced to 13 years with two years of probation to follow.
Beverly told the news station that she was happy justice was served and that other children in Cherokee County were safe with Justin behind bars.
Sources: Fox Carolina