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Mom can't live in home where son was killed

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18-year-old Vincent Soilberry 18-year-old Vincent Soilberry

May 6, 2008

 Albany --  An Albany teenager made his first court appearance Tuesday on charges that he murdered a little boy. Prosecutors say 18-year-old Vincent Soilberry brutally beat 3-year-old Shondarius Roney.

The little boy's family calls Soilberry a coward, and say they want justice.

Shaquita Bell says there's no way she can go back to living inside the home where her only son, three-year-old Shondarius Roney was killed. Police say he was beaten to death by her boyfriend of seven months, Vincent Soilberry. Now she has moved out.

"It's like an out of body experience," she said. "It's as if I'm looking at somebody else, it's not like it's me, it's like I'm looking at somebody else and it's hard to go over there knowing that he did that, it's hard.

Bell left home Friday because of the exterminator, and considered coming home when the appointment was canceled. It was the last time she saw Shon alive. Soilberry had agreed to watch him, now both Bell and her mother want answers.

"Then he called me an told me he fell out and that was it, and he didn't have the decency to tell me the truth, and I just want to know why, that's it, I just want to know why?" said Bell.

"I feel like he was a real coward," said Grandmother Debra Bell. "Because that was a three-year-old baby and ain't nothing he could ever do to make somebody want to do that to him and he took something from us that he can't give us back."

 Bell's mother Debra said she had concerns about her daughter's boyfriend because she had heard from one of Soilberry's relatives that he had trouble controlling his anger.

We asked Bell whether she ever saw Soilberry get violent? Had he ever been violent over that time? So she felt completely comfortable, Soilberry was around the child frequently?

She nodded her affirmatively, "Or he wouldn't have been with him..."

 Now she has a warning for other mothers, while her own mother just wants justice.  "Be careful because people are not who you think they are, they don't show who they are until it's too late, be careful," said Shaquita.

"He didn't know what was going on, he didn't know, he was three-years-old and I want justice for Shon," said his grandmother.

Soilberry is charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to a child and the Child Death Investigation Team has promised the family justice.

Shondarius Roney's funeral will be held Wednesday at two o'clock at J. L. Litman Funeral Home in East Albany.

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  • The entire interview of Shaquita Bell and Grandmother Debra Bell accompanies this story-