A Brooklyn mother charged with beating her 4-year-old son to death over the course of two days told a friend she was "possessed by a spirit" during the savage attacks. Suspect Myrna Chen Phang was visited Sunday at the NYPD's 71st Precinct station house by a friend, Rosa Adrien, who tells the Daily News, "[Phang] said something came over her, almost like a spirit. She said she didn't know why she let it happen." 4-year-old Jayden Lenescar died Friday afternoon after being beaten repeatedly with fists, a clothes hanger and belt buckle.
Phang, 25, and her boyfriend, Steven Dadaille, 26, were arraigned Sunday on murder charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault. NYPD sources tell the tabloids each suspect blamed Jayden's death on the other. According to one source, Dadaille told police "the mother was too easy on the kid," and he had to be the disciplinarian. The beating began Wednesday night in their Crown Heights apartment; on Friday afternoon, Phang called 911 because Jayden was unconscious. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Phang's friend Adrien blames Dadaille, "a voodoo devotee," for the death. "[Phang] was falling apart, she feels so bad," Adrien told the News. "How do you do such terrible things to a 4-year-old boy, just keep beating and beating him?"