Garfield Boothe & Nichelle Boothe-Rowe

Crimes: Child Abuse, Murder

In 2009, Shakeil Boothe was sent from his grandmother’s home in Jamaica to Toronto, Ontario, where his father and stepmother lived. His mother wanted him to have more opportunities and a better life. Instead, within 2 years Shakeil Boothe was dead. He was only 10 years old.

The young boy’s father, Garfield Boothe, and his wife, Nichelle Boothe-Rowe, received into their care a happy, shy, intelligent, 8-year-old boy. Young Shakeil loved to play soccer and wanted to be a scientist when he grew up. With love and support he could have reached that goal.

At first, in 2009, life in the Boothe household was fine. It wasn’t to last. Garfield Boothe began to punish the boy for some obscure reason. Soon enough he began to physically hurt the boy. The abuse continued to escalate in severity as the months went by.

Nichelle Boothe-Rowe knew young Shakeil was being beaten. She’d seen her husband hit the boy repeatedly with a belt. She’d even seen the brute stomp on the boy’s chest. She did nothing for her stepson.

In fact, Nichelle Boothe-Rowe was preoccupied by her pregnancy and then by the baby she gave birth to in September 2010. Once the baby arrived, life for Shakeil got ever so much worse.

In January 2011, Garfield Boothe pulled his son out of school. I guess he realized that teachers might figure out that Shakeil was being abused. He wanted to avoid getting caught at all costs.

Apparently the notion of stopping the abuse never crossed Garfield Boothe’s pea-sized mind.

ShakeilOnce Shakeil had no refuge to retreat to, and nobody to rescue him, the abuse quickly turned into outright torture. Every single day the boy was chained to his bed. He was only released from his bondage to use the bathroom or shower.

Garfield Boothe used a belt to repeatedly whip Shakeil until he bled. Blood was spattered all over the walls. The boy’s body was scarred by the whipping.

Garfield the POS child beater Boothe also beat the boy hard enough to fracture bones. That was no big effort considering he was 230 pounds and his victim was all of 65 pounds.

Besides being whipped and beaten and shackled, poor Shakeil was deprived of food and medical care. He was becoming frighteningly weak and frail. Along with malnutrition, the boy had a severe infection that caused pus to develop in his lungs.

I cannot imagine what Shakeil endured, the anguish of knowing he had nothing in life to look forward to but pain and more pain. The father who was supposed to care for him was a heartless hellbeast, and the stepmother who ignored his existence and his suffering.

Probably at that time Shakeil would think back to life in Jamaica with his loving grandmother, when he was loved and fed and free to run and play in the sunshine. I’m sure as he got sicker and weaker and was tortured daily that Shakeil realized the only escape for him was death.

It just makes my heart literally ache when I think about the hell that beautiful young boy was put through.

On May 26, 2011, Garfield the shitpile Boothe finally went too far. He beat Shakeil mercilessly until the boy had a black eye, a bruised head, a re-fractured rib and internal bleeding. Within minutes, maybe hours, Shakeil was dead.

When Nichelle Boothe-Rowe found her stepson’s body later that day in the basement, she claimed that she hadn’t known that Shakeil had been beaten just prior to his death. She claimed that she thought the boy died from a bad cold.

Riiiight. The body was in the basement, literally pummeled, with a black eye and bruises, and she thought he died of a cold.

Nichelle the stepmonster Boothe-Rowe claimed that Garfield the murdering bastard Boothe told her not to call 911, so she didn’t.

What the evil pair did was to move the body from the basement to his bedroom and leave him there, covered with a sheet.

Garfield Boothe’s first impulse was to dump the body and then flee to Jamaica or the U.S. He didn’t do that. Nichelle Boothe-Rowe claimed she’d convinced him to “do the right thing” because Shakeil deserved a proper burial.

Garfield Boothe’s second impulse was to get his wife and baby the hell out of town — but not to protect them. Nope, he was protecting himself first and foremost.

Garfield the abusive phucktard Boothe was on probation for domestic assault and was banned from living with hi wife. He’d get his ass tossed back in prison and his baby would be taken away if authorities found out they’d broken the conditions of his probation.

The evil couple arranged to put all of Nichelle Boothe-Row’s belongings and the baby’s things into storage, making it look like she hadn’t been living in the house.

Nichelle Boothe-Row took the baby that night to a bus terminal and fled to the U.S. where she has relatives. They arrived in Buffalo, New York where her sister picked them up and drove them to Pennsylvania.

Nichelle Boothe-Row kept in constant contact with her husband through texting.

“Pray n make the rite decision u didn’t do anything intentional u tried b strong n call ur dad 4 support he was still ur child n u owe him that much,” she wrote him. She also told her husband to call 911 by noon or she would.

The abusive bastard answered her back saying, “… ur right I didn’t do any ting wrong intentionally.”

On May 27, 2011, Garfield Boothe phoned his father, Burke Boodth, and invited him over to the house. He said he needed to talk to him. I guess he was following his wife’s suggestion to call his dad for support.

I can only gather that Burke Boodth and his wife Claudette were not recent visitors to the Boothe household. Either that or they didn’t see Shakeil when they dropped by.

I know Shakeil was kept out of sight. Public health nurses visited the home after the birth of the baby and they saw no sign of another child.

When Burke Boodth arrived that afternoon, Garfield Boothe began yapping about the trouble he’d been having with Shakeil. He made the ridiculous claim that the boy had been stealing other children’s lunches at school.

Remember, Shakeil wasn’t even going to school. I don’t understand why the killer had invited his dad over just to tell outrageous lies about the boy. It makes no sense to me.

Burke Boodth listened to all the bullshit and then asked to see the boy. He was led upstairs.

“Someone was lying on the bed with a sheet, he was covered from head to toe,” said Burke Boodth. When the sheet was lifted, “I could see Shakeil’s lifeless body. Something was coming out of his mouth.” (It was foam.)

“Something cold just ran down my body,” said Burke Boodth.

Boothe houseThe older man told the hellbeast to call 911, and he reluctantly did so.

When paramedics arrived, they quickly came to the conclusion Shakeil had been dead for a long time.

Paramedic Michael Niffin broke the news to Garfield Boothe. He and a Peel Region constable then took the evil bastard aside for a talk.

Garfield Boothe told the constable and the paramedic that the boy had been sick with a cold. He told them he’d been at work when he got a call saying his son was unresponsive. He came home at 8:30 a.m., he claimed, and thought Shakeil was sleeping, so he went to bed himself and slept until 3:30 p.m. That’s when he found Shakeil wasn’t breathing.

Complete and utter bullshit.

The condition of the body made it absolutely clear that Shakeil was the victim of horrible abuse. For one thing he had criss-crossing scars, old and new, across his emaciated body.

On May 28, 2011, forensic experts arrived at the house to conduct a thorough search. They worked for 3 days in the house, and found blood all over. There was blood on the victim’s mattress and sheets, on a t-shirt under his bed, and on the baseboards of his room.

The court officers also seized belts, a strap and men’s clothes with traces of blood, and sent them to the lab for DNA testing. They also seized a computer hard drive and several bags of a “green leafy substance” they suspected was marijuana.

Garfield Boothe was arrested. Nichelle Boothe-Rowe returned to Canada on May 30, 2011, but first deleted all of those incriminating text messages. She was taken into custody right at the border.

Garfield Boothe, 31, was originally charged with failing to provide the necessities of life. Nichelle Boothe-Rowe, 28, was originally facing a manslaughter charge. The charges were later upgraded to 2nd-degree murder.

The pair of evil f*ckwads went to trial in a Brampton, Ontario court in February 2014.

Apparently the couple that kills together doesn’t stay together. Both of them pointed the finger of blame at the other. Nichelle Boothe-Rowe said her husband mistreated the boy over her objections, but she didn’t intervene. Garfield Boothe said his wife mistreated the boy over his objections, but he didn’t intervene.

Nichelle Boothe-Rowe said she knew the victim was chained up and beaten but she didn’t tell authorities because she feared for her own safety.

Funeral for Shakeil

Torstar News Service

Garfield Boothe said his wife insisted on chaining up the boy because she couldn’t handle him when he wasn’t home. He also said she’d admitted to hitting him with a belt when he misbehaved.

According to Garfield Boothe, the worst punishments Shakeil got from him were “the strap” and losing TV and video game privileges.

Nichelle Boothe-Rowe claimed her husband was abusive and controlling and she lived in fear of him.

“If I should ever leave the house, he’ll hunt me down … He also said that if I leave the house, I wouldn’t be leaving alive,” she said. “I was controlled by Garfield, I had fear and I was just paralyzed by fear.”

Gee, I didn’t read anywhere how Garfield Boothe had refused to let his wife feed Shakeil or tend to the boy’s wounds. If he had I’m sure she would have said so in court.

No, it’s far more likely that Nichelle Boothe-Rowe turned her back on the poor kid because she basically didn’t care. He wasn’t her kid, after all. It wasn’t up to her to make sure he was fed and cared for.

Nichelle Boothe-Rowe knew the boy was in an unbearable situation — she even took pictures of him as proof! The photos showed Shakeil lying on the floor, chained by the ankle to a bed.

Nichelle Boothe-Rowe claimed she took the photos to send to Shakeil’s mother but she just never did.

If only the hellbitch had sent those photos! There is no doubt in my mind Shakeil would have been rescued! But no, Nichelle Boothe-Rowe didn’t want to lose her “man”. She didn’t want him arrested, so she chose to sacrifice her stepson instead.

Garfield Boothe denied being an abusive, controlling husband — except for the one time that landed him in prison. According to him, he and his wife were always pushing and shoving each other when they fought.

Garfield Boothe blamed the malnutrition on Shakeil’s illness (that cold) and his preference for junk food.

I just knew the abusive bastard would somehow make it the kid’s fault.

ShakeilThe autopsy results showed “injuries on top of injuries” including open wounds on Shakeil’s emaciated body. There was also infection in his lungs and his bloodstream. The poor little guy.

“Shakeil did not get to that state overnight,” said Crown lawyer Kelly Slate. The boy’s death was caused by a combination of malnutrition, pneumonia and other infections and blunt-force injuries.

The pair was convicted of 2nd-degree murder in April 2014 by a jury after 14 hours of deliberation. The judge obviously concurred.

“I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Garfield Boothe perpetrated the final assault,” Justice Fletcher Dawson said.

“Garfield was the primary disciplinarian. He has admitted to repeated and brutal whippings of Shakeil. … Anyone who would repeatedly whip a 10-year-old boy with a belt to the point where blood was drawn and spattered about would certainly be inclined towards other forms of physical violence against the child.”

Justice Dawson said Nichelle Boothe-Rowe was “a partner in the abuse and neglect of Shakeil even though she did not commit the physical acts of assault that caused the injuries that led to Shakeil’s death”.

Justice Dawson continued, “Shakeil was entitled to nurturing, love and support. Instead, he was brutally whipped, beaten, deprived of food and medical care and was chained to his bed like an animal.”

Justice Dawson sentenced the evil pair to life in prison. Nichelle Boothe-Rowe has no chance of parole for 13 years. Garfield Boothe has no chance of parole for 18 years. The time they’d spent in custody since May 2011 will be counted in their sentences.

Garfield Boothe’s stepmother, Claudette Boodth, spoke after the sentencing, “And if it’s one message that I can send out there — child abuse is everywhere, closer than you think.”

Very sad and very true.

I truly hope Garfield Boothe and Nichelle Boothe-Rowe never get out of prison. Considering their relative youth and the Canadian justice system and parole board, it’s likely they will get out and be free to walk amongst us. It’s just not fair.

I hope and pray that their baby is being raised in a loving and caring family.

RIP Shakeil Boothe. The world would have been so much better off with him in it instead of his killers. I extend sincere condolences to those who mourn his loss.

The Globe and Mail article – cause of death
The Globe and Mail article – trial
The Globe and Mail article – testimony
The Globe and Mail article – sentencing
Huffington Post article
The Star article
iPICK News article

7 Responses to Garfield Boothe & Nichelle Boothe-Rowe

  1. moodymagic says:

    This poor child deserved a good life in Canada. My heart breaks for Shakeil and his mother. This pair of monsters deserves nothing but all the pain and suffering that they inflicted on this beautiful child. We know they will end up back in society because it is Canadian Justice. Makes me sick.

  2. PJ says:

    Poor kid. He could have gone on to do great things but instead was reduced to a prisoner in a torture chamber. I hope the killers are chained in their cells and forgotten at meal times. It’s the least they deserve.

  3. bulldoggy says:

    Jeepers, bengalpuss could learn from these 2 on how to run her own personal prison. Why can’t life in prison mean life in prison in Canada? Why is parole ever considered for killers like these? Garfield especially should never get out.

    • bengalpuss says:

      Because we’ve got a bunch of muppets running the country bulldoggy. Now if i was in power, their arse’s wouldn’t see the light of day, cruel cunts they are.

  4. bengalpuss says:

    Your heart just has to break for what they did to this young boy. The sentences were a joke. I remember reading this story a few months ago, it still upsets me every time i read it, pair of worthless cruel cunts they are.

  5. Jessice11 says:

    These sentences are bullshit. Honestly, I wish whatever these disgusting hellbeasts fork out on their victims could be done to them. Just being institutionalized isn’t going to turn them into good citizens. Yes, maybe some but not this gronk. Also Nichelle, jesus, being pregnant you’d think she would have a motherly instinct. But no, clearly both these pieces of shits had to find each other.

  6. Sarbear88 says:

    I was in jail with nichelle and let me tell you she isn’t suffering at all you live in houses not cells you’re allowed 35$ a week to buy groceries there’s big screen TVs in the houses plus you’re allowed a tv in your bedroom. It’s way to cozy in jail it’s a joke. I didn’t know what she was in for until I stumbled across this article.

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