PRESS RELEASE, 3/21/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment in death of 2-year-old James Livesay

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the death penalty indictment of Anthony W. Pierson (DOB 11-17-79) for the March 12, 2012 death of 2-year-old James Lee Livesay (DOB 8-25-09).  Pierson is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder with a death penalty specification, 1 count of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Pierson, the boyfriend of James’ mother Pamela Burton, was watching James at the mother’s home at 7501 School Road on March 12, 2012 while Ms. Burton was at school.  When Ms. Burton returned from school, she found James unresponsive and called 911.  James was transported to Bethesda Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner ruled that James died as the result of blunt force trauma.  James’ extensive injuries included multiple bruises on multiple body surfaces and multiple injuries to the abdomen including both organs and large blood vessels.   James also suffered blunt force injuries to his genitalia.

James’ 3 siblings (ages 7, 5 and 4) have been removed from the home and care of Ms. Burton and are currently in the care of a relative.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “The injuries and pain that this baby suffered were horrific.

How anyone could strike and stomp a two-year-old child in this fashion is impossible to comprehend.  It’s ironic that the justice system will now provide this defendant with the due process that he never gave James.”