Months before 23-month-old Ellijah Burger was beaten to death inside a Charlotte motel room, there's evidence of violence in his parents' relationship – including a restraining order that claims Andre Hampton beat his girlfriend while she was pregnant.
Ellijah died Tuesday night and Hampton was charged with murder early Wednesday.
Twice in the past year, Hampton was charged with assaulting Ellijah's mother, Lashinna Burger. The charges were dropped because of insufficient evidence, according to court records. Lashinna Burger could not be reached for comment and Hampton is in Mecklenburg jail with no bond.
But a May 9 restraining order points to a fight that sent Lashinna Burger to the hospital and Hampton to jail.
Hamtpon “fractured my arm and abused my stomach. I have papers for proof,” Burger wrote in her request for a restraining order. “He fractured my arms. He throws things at me (pillows) he calls me a (expletive) all the time. He does things to make me want to hit him first, so that he can hit me in return.”
The restraining order says the alleged assault happened while Burger was pregnant. It also accused Hampton of abusing drugs.
It's unclear what happened after that restraining order. But neighbors said the pair and their two children were living in the AARCS Residence Suites near Woodlawn Road and Interstate 77 in southwest Charlotte.
They'd been staying there for close to two months. Other residents said they'd never seen any family troubles. Then paramedics arrived Tuesday.