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Milwaukee man bludgeoned 12-year-old grandson to loss of life with hammer, police say

A Milwaukee man was charged Tuesday with bludgeoning to loss of life his 12-year-old grandson after discovering cash lacking from his pockets.

Andrez Martina, 54, used a sledgehammer, mallet and coat rack to beat Andre Smith II for as much as 90 minutes, in line with a felony criticism obtained by Fox Information. 

The pre-teen died Sunday at a Milwaukee hospital and the reason for loss of life is listed as a number of blunt drive accidents to the top.

Andrez Martina, left, and his grandson, Andre Smith II. 

Andrez Martina, left, and his grandson, Andre Smith II.  (Milwaukee Police/Household Handout)

Martina instructed police he awoke about three a.m. Sunday to search out his pockets open and cash lacking. The sufferer, who was sleeping over at Martina’s home together with an 8-year-boy, denied taking the cash and turned his pockets inside out to indicate they have been empty, in line with the criticism.

The criticism mentioned that after he beat the boy, Martina took the kid into the bathe and tried to rinse off his blood. The sufferer was not taken to the hospital till about 9 a.m. About 45 minutes after arrival, medical doctors pronounced the boy useless, FOX 6 reported. 

Investigators interviewed Martina Monday. He instructed them he returned to Milwaukee from Indiana earlier this yr as a result of he “wished to reconnect together with his grandchildren.” 


In line with the felony criticism, Martina realized that Smith “had an issue stealing” and he recalled telling his grandchildren beforehand, “if you happen to lie, if you happen to mess up at school, if you happen to steal, I’m going to kill you.” 

Throughout the interview, Martina additionally admitted to killing a boy in 1989, in line with the criticism. A search of his residence allegedly turned up medicine and firearms. 

Martina is dealing with a litany of costs together with first-degree intentional murder, bodily abuse of a kid with repeated acts inflicting loss of life, and neglecting a baby, amongst others. He’s additionally accused of placing the 8-year-old, breaking his finger and bruising his physique.

If convicted, he may withstand two life sentences, plus 60 years in jail and a attainable positive of $225,000, police mentioned. 


Court docket paperwork don’t checklist an lawyer for Martina who may communicate on his behalf. 

The Related Press contributed to this report


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