Dylan Schumaker Teen Killer Murders 23 Month Boy

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Dylan Schumaker is probably best known for crying in the courtroom that ended up on YouTube but the reason he was in that courtroom should be the focus. Dylan Schumaker was left to babysit his girlfriends young child and by the end of the night the child was dead. According to court documents Schumaker would fatally beat the child when he would not stop crying.

Dylan Schumaker would be arrested and convicted of the murder along with child abuse charges. When he was to be sentenced he allegedly told the guards that they should watch the performance he was going to put on in the courtroom. The rest of course is history on YouTube. This teen killer was sentenced to twenty five years to life in prison for the murder

Dylan Schumaker 2023 Information

DIN (Department Identification Number)14B0189  
Date of Birth01/09/1997  
Race / EthnicityWHITE  
Custody StatusIN CUSTODY  
Housing / Releasing FacilityCLINTON  
Date Received (Original)01/23/2014  
Date Received (Current)01/23/2014  
Admission TypeNEW COMMITMENT  
County of CommitmentERIE  
Aggregate Minimum Sentence0018 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum SentenceLIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date03/12/2031  
Parole Hearing Date11/2030  
Parole Eligibility Date03/12/2031  
Conditional Release DateNONE  
Maximum Expiration DateLIFE  

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A Springville teenager who fatally beat his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son told a judge Friday that he did not intend to kill the toddler.

“I never wanted to hurt Austin. I never wanted Austin to die,” Dylan Schumaker, 17, said in a tearful apology to his 19-year-old girlfriend in a Buffalo courtroom.

Jurors who convicted Dylan Schumaker of second-degree murder last month didn’t buy it.

Neither did State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. He sentenced Dylan Schumaker to 25 years to life in prison, the maximum punishment.

“At 16 you knew right from wrong,” Boller told Schumaker, who turned 17 this week. “You knew it was wrong to keep punching his head.”

Dylan Schumaker previously testified he put a pillow on the back of Austin’s head and punched it to stop him from crying and waking his baby brother.

The March 19 attack occurred while he was baby-sitting Austin and Austin’s 3-month-old brother.

Dylan Schumaker lived with his mother, along with Ashlee Smith and her two sons, in his mother’s home on Cochran Avenue. He was 16 at the time of the attack. Neither of the children was his.

The judge called the trial testimony gut-wrenching. Witnesses described the attack and Austin’s extensive head injuries that led to brain bleeding and the toddler’s death.

The judge said the last minutes of Austin’s life must have been terrifying. “He loved you, he trusted you, and you betrayed him,” Boller said.

The judge questioned Dylan Schumaker’s testimony at trial that he did not intend to kill Austin or realize his actions could kill the toddler.

Boller called Dylan Schumaker “a manipulator and deceiver.”

The judge said he took note of a comment Schumaker made in a phone conversation with his mother last July while in the Erie County Holding Center awaiting trial.

“I’m a 16-year-old blond. Probably all I have to do is cry, and they’re going to feel sorry for me,” Dylan Schumaker told her, referring to the jury.

The judge also cited the 200 texts Schumaker sent as he baby-sat the two children while his girlfriend worked her night job at a Springville restaurant.

In those texts, the judge noted, Dylan Schumaker tried to set up a sexual tryst with a girl and sell drugs to his friends.

“But when the texting stopped, the beating started,” Boller said.

For a 17-year-old, Dylan Schumaker has caused so much pain and grief for so many people, the judge said. He said he received letters from 13 people describing how Schumaker’s crime impacted them.

“The night of March 19, my family’s life was decimated because this didn’t have to happen,” Michael Smith, Austin’s grandfather, told the judge in court, his voice breaking.

“He had numerous opportunities to get out” of the house and seek help, Smith said. “But he didn’t.”

Smith asked the judge to consider the family’s feelings in sentencing Dylan Schumaker.

“We’ll never get Austin back,” he said, crying. “A piece of our heart will always be missing.”

Joseph Terranova, Schumaker’s attorney, agreed with Smith.

“This didn’t have to happen,” Terranova told the judge. “If the Smith family hadn’t thrown Ashlee and her children out” of the house, “they wouldn’t have ended up at Dylan’s home,” with the children being baby-sat by a teenager who was unable to control his anger and ill-equipped to take care of them.

Doctors prescribed medicine for Dylan Schumaker to treat his anger and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but he chose not to take it, Schumaker said during the trial.

Terranova said the minimum sentence of 15 years to life would be a more reasonable punishment, given his client’s tough childhood, his remorse over Austin’s death and his inability to take care of children.

“What about the protection of the community?” the judge asked Terranova. “If he is released in 15 years, who’s to say it won’t happen again?”

The defense attorney said no one can predict what will happen, but he assured the judge that his client “is not a serial killer who will get out and want to kill another kid.”

“To blame anyone other than Dylan for what happened flies in the face of reality,” said homicide prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable.

Although Dylan Schumaker was inexperienced as a baby sitter, what he did to Austin is not what a normal 16-year-old would have done, she said.

By taking in Ashlee Smith and her children into his mother’s home, “I was trying to do what my father didn’t do – be there,” Schumaker told the judge.

Dylan Schumaker then turned to Ashlee Smith. “Ashlee, I’m sorry,” he said, crying as she and others started crying. “I never wanted to hurt Austin. I never wanted Austin to die. I don’t know why I didn’t go for help.”

He told the judge he did not have a good family life growing up, but he thanked his family members for attending the sentencing.

As he was brought into court for sentencing, Dylan Schumaker cried out, “I didn’t mean to hurt him. You know I loved Austin.”

During his trial, Dylan Schumaker told the jury that he slapped Austin’s face and spanked him when he spit out his food and used an obscenity. He also admitted he slammed the boy’s head on the floor while changing his diaper as the child tried to get up and that he later put a pillow over the back of his head and punched it three times because he was afraid that the boy would wake up his baby brother.

He said it was only the second time he had taken care of both the boys.

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A Springville teenager convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler son last year was given the maximum penalty at his sentencing Friday morning.

Dylan Schumaker, 17, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the death of 23-month-old Austin Smith while babysitting the boy and his infant brother last March 19 while their mother, his girlfriend, was at work. Schumaker was convicted in a jury trial last month.

Smith was beaten on the head several times by Schumaker, according to prosecutors. They say he muffled the boy’s face with a pillow before striking him three times, trying to get him to stop crying.

According to a Buffalo News report, State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller cited 13 letters from witnesses and family members and called Dylan Schumaker “a manipulator and deceiver” before giving him the maximum sentence


Dylan Schumaker Case

Dylan Schumaker appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of murder in the second degree (Penal Law § 125.25[1] ), arising from the death of his girlfriend’s 23–month–old son.  Defendant contends, inter alia, that the evidence is not legally sufficient to support the conviction and that the verdict is against the weight of the evidence.  Although he concedes that his actions caused the victim’s death, defendant challenges the sufficiency and weight of the evidence with respect to whether he intentionally caused the victim’s death.  We reject those challenges.

It is well settled that “[t]he standard for reviewing the legal sufficiency of evidence in a criminal case is whether ‘after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt’ “ (People v. Contes, 60 N.Y.2d 620, 621, quoting Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 319, reh denied 444 U.S. 890).  Consequently, we must “determine whether there is any valid line of reasoning and permissible inferences which could lead a rational person to the conclusion reached by the jury on the basis of the evidence at trial” (People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495).

Here, the testimony of the Medical Examiner established that the victim sustained ruptured blood vessels in his left ear and near his right eye, hemorrhages in his retina and perioptic nerve, and subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhaging.  The Medical Examiner testified that the victim also had numerous contusions and abrasions on multiple areas of his torso, buttocks, scalp, face and neck.  The Medical Examiner opined that the cause of the victim’s death was “diffuse axonal injury,” which resulted from shearing forces within the child’s brain caused by his head whipping violently back and forth, and that such a result is consistent with the blows that defendant admitted inflicting upon the child.  

The Medical Examiner testified that the child’s injuries were not consistent with a slip and fall as defendant testified occurred, but instead were the result of “multiple impacts.”  Other evidence, including text messages that Dylan Schumaker sent and his trial testimony, established that the child was initially injured before 5:00 p.m., and that defendant inflicted further injuries upon him over a period of several hours during the evening.  Dylan Schumaker admitted hitting the victim several times, including backhanded smacks to his face, and slamming his head on the ground while changing a diaper, all of which culminated in defendant placing the victim on a bed with a pillow over him and repeatedly punching him in the head.  The Medical Examiner testified that the “diffuse axonal injury” caused the victim’s death, and that the victim had “no prolonged survival [after he sustained that injury, but rather he] died soon thereafter, shortly thereafter.”

The evidence also established that Dylan Schumaker frequently stopped attacking the victim while he sent an ongoing series of text messages.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., he told the victim’s mother that the victim had fallen, but for the next several hours he texted with her on that and other topics, flirted with a different young woman, and attempted to sell synthetic marihuana to a third person.  Thus, the evidence is sufficient to establish that defendant spent the evening intermittently attacking the 23–month–old child while engaging in commercial and social activities, and then placed the victim on a bed and punched him repeatedly in the head through a pillow.  “A jury is entitled to infer that a defendant intended the natural and probable consequences of his acts” (People v. Bueno, 18 NY3d 160, 169;  see People v. Hayes, 163 A.D.2d 165, 166, affd 78 N.Y.2d 876;  People v. Watson, 269 A.D.2d 755, 756, lv denied 95 N.Y.2d 806).  We conclude that the evidence is legally sufficient to establish that Dylan Schumaker intended to cause the death of the victim (see generally Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d at 495).


Dylan Schumaker Fake News

CLAIM: American teenager who killed a Muslim refugee for raping his sister sentenced to prison

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A viral video portraying a teenager sentenced to prison for killing a Muslim refugee is actually using footage from Dylan Schumaker’s trial, a teenager found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s son in 2013. 

THE FACTS: A video posted on Facebook by the Sarah Huckabee Sanders Fans Page does not show a teenager being sentenced to prison for killing a Muslim refugee.

The image shown in the video originates from the sentencing of Dylan Schumaker, a teenager who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son in 2013. Schumaker was given a life sentence for the murder in 2014. 


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Dylan Schumaker is serving a life sentence however he is eligible for parole in 2031
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