PALM BAY – A Palm Bay woman who fled state police after her boyfriend beat her 12-year-old son to death was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.
Samaryal Dubose, 32, is charged with aggravated manslaughter and failure to report what police described as the “torturous” death of Noah Godleski in October 2021. She appeared in court Thursday before Brevard Circuit Judge Charlie Crawford.
Her boyfriend, Jason Daniel Godleski, is charged with aggravated manslaughter, child neglect resulting in great bodily injury and child abuse with intentional infliction of torture. Godleski, whose lawyers have argued he is incompetent to face the growing legal case against him, will have an appeals hearing in August.
Noah Godeleski died on October 17, 2021. Earlier, Dubose – who has three children with Godeleski in addition to Noah – said the boy was misbehaving and was sent to the laundry room as punishment, court records show. Jason Godeleski said he went into the laundry room and yelled at the boy and hit the boy repeatedly.
DuBose, who homeschooled Noah, told police investigators that she heard Godleski yelling at the boy again, followed by a loud scream. Afterward, she said, she heard Noah crying and crying.
“Godleski said the victim was hit badly in the face and back. … Godleski said at the end the victim was alive for days but they were dead when they came out,” said Detective Matthew Boggess of the Palm Bay Police Department. .
Dubose did not return to the laundry room, but told investigators she believed the boy was badly hurt in the fight. Several days later, Godleski told Dubose he was taking her to Connecticut without checking the child’s condition, court records show.
About a week later, Godleski walked into the Palm Bay Police Department to report the murder, when the two left, telling investigators the boy was alive and his death was accidental, court records show. Officers searched the home and found the boy’s body in the laundry room, records show.
Gedleski and Dubose were arrested and imprisoned. The fate of the couple’s other children and their custody arrangements were not immediately known.
JD Gallop is a criminal justice/breaking news reporter in Florida Today. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @JDGalop.
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