This is one of those stories that sicken me to the nth degree. Domestic violence is one of those topics that I’m not personally familiar with but I am close to people who have been affected by these horrific acts of violence.
On the way to work I typically listen to the gospel artist James Fortune on the James Fortune Radio Show. The show is on our local gospel radio station. Fortune has not been on the show for months now. At work I began to wonder why he has not been on the show. There are a number of other artists that have been substituting for him. I remembered that Fortune had allegedly been charged with some type of assault last year. I went online to find out more information and to my surprise I found that this gospel singer JAMES FORTUNE is a monster. Yeah, I know that sounds a bit extreme but consider this: Here is a man that opts to punish his four year old step-son by first beating him (child was nude during the beating) then placing the child in a tub of scalding hot water. The water caused 2hd and 3rd degree burns from right above the child’s penis, down to the bottom of his feet. It is my opinion that in cases of domestic violence, an adult may find it very difficult to leave their significant other but they do have that choice to stay or leave. BUT children do not have the same option. That’s what this case is mainly about to me. I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself. The decision to pull Fortune from the James Fortune Radio Show came sometime after his arrest in late October 2014.
According to Attorney Toni Jones, Fortune is an abusive stepfather and an alleged wife-beater. “He’s been charged with aggravated assault of a family member (his wife) with a deadly weapon. And I believe that weapon is being alleged as a bar stool,” Jones said.
Jones represents Roderick Davenport, the biological father of Fortune’s stepson. This past weekend Fortune was arrested in Stafford and charged.
“I believe the Stafford PD were concerned at the time of the investigation interviewing her possibly leg or her pelvis may have been fractured or broken,” Jones said.
Twelve years ago Fortune pleaded guilty to injuring his 4 year old stepson. Fortune was found guilty of felony injury to a child. Check out the video footage and the burns caused by Fortune on the stepson’s body below:
The stepson spent 63 days in the hospital and who knows how many more hours he will have to spend for plastic surgery in the coming years. On his show he has a segment that asks the question “What Are You Feeling Fortunate For?”… My answer would be that I’m feeling fortunate that I am not that child’s father because by now, I would have definitely “laid hands” on Fortune and I don’t mean that in a holy way. I pray that he gets the mental help that he needs because he seriously has some mental problems. He sounds great on recordings and I’m sure that he manages to raise the service in person, but obviously has some tremendous anger management issues. Here he is below in a song titled “I Believe”. He’s the one doing the talking.