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Gospel Singer James Fortune sued for child abuse

James Fortune and wife
Gospel singer and songwriter, James Fortune, is being sued for burning his 4-year-old stepson in 2001 and leaving him permanently disfigured, according to a civil lawsuit filed against him and his wife Cheryl.

The $5-million lawsuit, from the boy’s biological father Roderick Davenport, alleges that Fortune violently punished the child for misbehaving in pre-school.

According to the lawsuit, Fortune picked up his wife Cheryl‘s son from preschool. When the teacher told Fortune that the child misbehaved, he allegedly became infuriated. Fortune reportedly yelled and berated the child for his bad behavior, put him time out, then prepared a scalding bath for him.

The lawsuit, which also names Cheryl, contends that Fortune then demanded that the little boy remove his clothing so that he could “whip the child with a switch.” The man then forcefully submerged the boy in extremely hot water and held him down.

The boy sustained second- and- third-degree burns over 47 percent of his body.

The child’s injuries were so extensive that he had to be flown to two hospitals for treatment. The young boy remained at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for 63 days, where he received various skin grafts for his hands, buttocks, genitals, and legs.

The “numerous” skin graft operations that he received has left him “permanently disfigured.”

In 2003, Fortune pled guilty to felony injury to a child and received 6-years deferred adjudication.
Fortune, in a statement, claims the lawsuit is a result of his “increased profile and financial viability” and “an individual’s desire to exploit such.” Davenport claims it is to pay for surgery the boy, now 15-years-old.

Besides being a recording artist, Fortune is a songwriter and producer. He and his group Fiya have received multiple Stellar Awards and are recognized for their songs “I Believe” and “I Trust You.”

Fans have been leaving several messages of disappointment on his facebook page. Many are questioning his wife Cheryl’s decision to stay with him after the tragic incident.