Heartbroken boyfriend says mother with breast cancer 'killed seven-year-old son because she didn't want anyone else to raise him'
The longtime boyfriend of Tenika Revell, 40, says the cancer-stricken mother brutally beat her seven-year-old son to death in their Brooklyn apartment because she didn't want anyone else to raise her child.
On Friday night, Revell called 911 and said she had killed her son and then taken pills in order to commit suicide.
When officers arrived at Revell's Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment they found youngster Bernard Revell, 7, unconscious and unresponsive lying in his bed.
Tragedy: Tenika Revell, 40, of Brooklyn, New York, called 911 and said she had killed her son, Bernard (pictured), and then took pills
Loss: Boyfriend Terrace Johnson, a newspaper deliveryman, met Revell when Bernard was an infant
Bernard was pronounced dead at the scene with injuries to his head.
'She loved him so much she didn’t want nobody else to have him,' boyfriend Terrace Johnson said to the Daily News. 'She didn’t want her mother or none of them to get Bernard.'
The mother smashed Bernard in the head with a hammer until he died, according to police.
Tenika Revell was arrested on charges including murder and manslaughter.
Johnson, a newspaper deliveryman, told the paper he met Revell when Bernard was an infant.
'I raised him,' he told the Daily News. 'She took my boy away from me.'
Horror: When officers arrived at Revell's Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment they found youngster Bernard Revell unconscious and unresponsive
Mr Johnson said that Revell had been erratic, but her behavior became worse last year after she had to abort a pregnancy due to her rapidly spreading cancer. He said that she also may have resumed using crack.
'She loved him so much she didn’t want nobody else to have him.'
Boyfriend, Terrace Johnson
'One day she’d be cool, calm and collected - next, she’d flip,' neighbour Victoria Green told the Daily News.
Revell has a criminal history of more than 30 arrests, including prostitution, the newspaper reported.
She has served prison time for attempted robbery and attempted burglary.
Mr Johnson said that Revell confessed to her mother that she had killed the boy.
'Tenika called her mother around 7:30 and told her mother that she killed Bernard and was on her way to killing herself,' Mr Johnson said.
Aftermath: Tenika Revell was later arrested on charges including murder and manslaughter for the death of her son at an apartment complex (pictured)
'She'd flip': Neighbours told multiple news outlets that Tenika Revell had cancer and that her mood would shift quickly from cool to angry
'She took his life. She’s got to live with that for the rest of her life.'
Revell was the second mother accused of killing her child in New York City in the past few days.
Bronx mother Lisette Bamenga, 29, killed her two young children by feeding them deicer before slashing her wrists and turning on the gas on Thursday night, police said.
The mother, who worked as a teacher, left a suicide note saying she wanted to 'take her children to a better place' before taping over the windows of her home and turning on the burners on her stove.
Another heartbreak: Tenika Revell is the second New York City mother accused of killing her children after Kenny, 5, and baby Liliana (pictured) were found dead
Police found her children, a four-month-old girl, Liliane, and a five-year-old boy, Kenny, dead at the scene as they responded to a report of a gas leak.
Bamenga was taken to hospital to be treated for minor lacerations on her wrists.
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