In March of 2013, a then 16-year-old Dylan Schumaker was charged with murder, after being accused of brutally beating his girlfriend’s 1-year-old baby boy to death.
Schumaker’s 19 year old girlfriend, Ashlee Smith, left her son, Austin, in care of her boyfriend, Dylan Schumaker.
Four hours later, Schumaker reportedly called 911, reporting the baby was unresponsive.
Deputies arriving on scene immediately noticed substantial bruising all over Austin’s body, and especially around his face.
Sheriff Howard said,
“The mother’s 16-year-old boyfriend struck the child repeatedly about the face and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma about the head,”
Austin, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The charges shocked Dylan’s sister, Alex Schumaker who stated at the time that Dylan went to Hopevale School and just got out of six months of drug rehab.
“He went to school he did really good in school. He was doing really good after he got out of rehab and then like he had two kids like dumped on him out of nowhere and he just snapped. He’s my baby brother, like, he can’t do this.”
Ashlee, who’d dated Dylan off and on for three years moved in with Dylan along with her two children from another relationship, after she was kicked out of her home by her parents. A 2-month-old girl who was also in the home and in Schumaker’s care was placed temporarily in the custody of the county.
Fast forward to the present, Dylan was sentenced by a judge, who ripped the now 17 year old in court, after he discovered some comments he’d made during a jailhouse phone call, reportedly claiming because he was “blond, all he had to do was cry and the jury would feel sorry for him.”