AG Denise George: Mother pleads guilty to child abuse in 2019 death of 4-yearold son, Aaron Benjamin

(U.S. Virgin Islands)- V.I. Attorney General Denise George has announced that Delicia Daniel, who was facing multiple criminal charges in the death of her son, 4-year-old Aaron Benjamin Jr. in 2019, has plead guilty to Child Abuse in violation of 3 V.I.C. § 505(a). A plea hearing was held on Friday, October 22, 2021, in the Superior Court of St. Croix. On October 4, 2021, Delicia Daniel, 31, signed a written Plea Agreement.

The Agreement was also signed by Daniel’s legal counsel and a prosecutor in the Department of Justice. The People agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against Daniel at sentencing. During her 2019 arraignment hearing, Daniel and her co-defendant Kyle Christopher, Daniel’s boyfriend, entered pleas of not guilty to all charges filed in the death of her son.

The Criminal Information, which is the formal charging document filed by the Attorney General, charged Daniel and Christopher with Murder in the First Degree (4 counts), Child Abuse (2 counts), Child Neglect (2 counts), Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect (2 counts), Assault in the Third Degree (2 counts). For conviction of Child Abuse, Daniels faces a fine of not less than $500.00 up to 20 years imprisonment. All charges remain pending against Kyle Christopher. Daniel’s Sentencing is scheduled for January 21, 2022.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2021
Sandra Goomansingh
Media Relations Director
(340)774-5666 ext. 10105
Email: Sandra.goomansingh@doj.vi.gov

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