Louisville mother speaks out after ex-boyfriend charged with her 1-year-old son’s beating death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The mother of a 1-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend is speaking out about her son’s life.

Christen Lovett died Nov. 2 at Norton Children’s Hospital. That’s when police officers responded to assist the fire department for a 1-year-old who was short of air.

He died from blunt force trauma, according to the Medical Examiner’s report, which found multiple injuries, including two skull fractures, a brain bleed, blood in the child’s diaper from his rectum and a fractured finger.

Further medical evaluation found several contusions to his head, bruising on his back and a laceration to his liver.

Kristaja Lovett said her son was full of life, and didn’t deserve to die like that.

“His smile would just melt your heart,” Lovett said. “He was so handsome, he was goofy.”

She now holds on to pictures because she can no longer hold her little boy in her arms. She said though Christen’s life was short, his personality was huge.

“He thought he was always older than what he was,” she said.

In fact, Christen recently celebrated his first birthday with family at Chuck E. Cheese.

Then, a few short weeks later, he was taken from them.

“My baby is gone. My son got murdered,” Lovett cried.

She was once involved with 29-year-old Derrick Taylor when he was her boyfriend. Taylor was arrested on Nov. 14 and charged with murder.

“He ruined us, he ruined us,” said Christen’s grandmother, Shonna Gatewood. “It makes me sick to my stomach.