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1-year-old boy killed with household furniture; parents charged with his murder

Investigators say Mary Guarendi-Walker used tables, kitchen chairs, a loveseat and a big couch to kill her baby
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 12:47 PM EDT
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CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - Canton police detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led up to the killing of a 1-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten to death with several pieces of furniture.

The baby’s parents are now both charged with murder.

Officers responded Maple Avenue NE on Monday at approximately 5 p.m. after receive a report of indecent exposure involving a nude female walking on the sidewalk, according to the police report.

Officers found Mary Guarendi-Walker in the area. She told police that her son had been murdered at the Maple Avenue NE home.

When police went to investigate the home, officers made their way inside through an unlocked window and found the small, unconscious child beneath several large pieces of furniture with severe trauma to his head and body.

“There was a pile of furniture, just broken furniture, tables, chairs, couch. They started to look and they found the child’s leg sticking out from under it,” said Chief Jack Angelo, of the Canton Police Department.

Officers took the 1-year-old boy, later identified as Kevin Walker Jr., to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

According to police, detectives believe the homicide stems from a domestic-related incident in which Guarendi-Walker fatally assaulted her baby with the pieces of household furniture.

The 24-year-old mother was arrested and charged with murder.

Police also arrested 29-year-old Kevin Walker at the scene. He was initially charged with obstructing justice, but on Tuesday afternoon, his charges were amended to include murder.

Mary Guarendi-Walker, Kevin Walker
Mary Guarendi-Walker, Kevin Walker(Source: Stark County Jail)

According to court records, Walker, the father of the boy, was arrested for domestic violence in January. Police said he attacked “the mother of his child whom he lives with, with multiple household items, striking her multiple times.”

Walker was released on $5,000 bond and ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct on March 4. The 29-year-old was found guilty and sentenced to 30 days in jail. All but three days were suspended.

Walker was ordered to enter an anger management program, which records show he completed on April 16.

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