A 10-year-old boy who was beaten to death in his Mesa home had cocaine in his system, according to an autopsy report from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Jarod “Jerry” Hulsey was found on April 3 cold and lifeless on his bed with bruises covering his body. The boy’s adoptive mother, Vicki Hulsey, was charged with one count of firstdegree murder and one count of child abuse.
“He doesn’t have a huge amount of cocaine in his system,” said Dr. Philip Keen, the chief medical examiner. “It looks like he has been ingesting it or swallowing it.”
Keen said he doesn’t know what form of the drug the child ingested, but said it is likely he had recently consumed the drug and had also consumed it in the past. There is only one medicinal use for cocaine, and that is as a topical anesthetic, which is rarely used.
“When we served a search warrant in the home, we found no illegal drugs and no paraphernalia,” said Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani.
Vicki Hulsey took various prescription drugs, but police do not know if she used illegal substances. Samples of the woman’s fingernails, hair and blood are still being tested, Trapani said.
The autopsy report shows the child was beaten over most of his body. His brain was hemorrhaging, and his ribs were fractured. The cause of death was ruled as “multiple blunt force injuries.” The boy was 4-feet 9-inches tall and weighed 60 pounds.
Vicki Hulsey told police in a report that she had used her hand to hit the child, whom she adopted in Salinas, Calif., before he was 2 years old.
She was a single parent and was described by a former neighbor in California as “very emotionally unstable and violent,” according to a police report.
A former co-worker said the woman had once threatened suicide and had revealed she hit her son.
Hulsey is being held in Maricopa County’s Estrella Jail on $500,000 bail. Her case will not likely be tried until next year.