Mom Accused of Whipping 4-Year-Old to Death

In today's link roundup: Vastie Coleman was allegedly upset because her child wet himself. Plus: Will Smith heads to Philly to honor high-achieving kids. 

Vastie Coleman (KHOU)

Texas mom accused of whipping 4-year-old to death: The child's offense? He wet himself. In this tragic and completely senseless case, 27-year-old Vastie Coleman has been arrested, and her two other children -- who describe routine beatings in court documents -- have been taken into protective custody, Houston's KHOU reports. An attorney representing them has questioned whether they should have been removed from the home a long time ago. 

Keith Ellison on Michele Bachmann: She thinks Muslims are evil: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) laughed off claims by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that he has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, but he had his own comments about her mindset.

Alicia Keys' new look: Over the years, she's had just about every hairstyle except a short one. Check out the singer's bob here.

Will Smith Goes to Philly to honor high-achieving kids: He and Jaden are set to return to Philadelphia this weekend, July 20-22, in celebration of the 9th Annual Charlie Mack's Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. 

The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
The Root 100 People's Choice Awards  
Sept. 19 2014 8:34 AM