Palm Bay Man Charged After Beating to Death His 12-Year-Old Son for ‘Misbehaving’
By Space Coast Daily // October 28, 2021
Jason Godleski, 33, charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child, failure to report a death
ABOVE VIDEO: Palm Bay Police announced on Thursday that they have arrested a 33-year-old man in the brutal death of his 12-year-old son, Noah Godleski.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Police announced on Thursday that they have arrested a 33-year-old man in the brutal death of his 12-year-old son, Noah Godleski.
The man arrested in Noah’s death is identified as Jason Godleski from Palm Bay. He has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and failure to report a death. Additional charges could be forthcoming soon.
The investigation began on October 22 when police received a call from Godleski that his 12-year-old son was dead inside a home on Colonial Ave.
When police arrived on scene, they found Noah dead inside a laundry room of the house.
During the investigation, it was revealed the girlfriend of Jason Godleski reportedly stated that the 12-year-old boy had been put in the laundry room on October 17 for “misbehaving” and remained in the room for several days.
The girlfriend described the incident as Mr. Godleski entering the laundry room and heard him yelling at Noah, where she then heard what sounded like him “beating the boy severely.”
A few days later, on October 20, Mr. Godleski allegedly drove his girlfriend and their three other children to Connecticut, leaving Noah behind.
As police conducted interviews, Godleski’s mother told officers that Jason Godleski said the boy had been hit too hard in the face and in the back of the head.
Subsequently, police say Godleski and his girlfriend talked about taking the boy to the hospital but said they would do it the next day if he wasn’t walking.
Godleski reportedly stated that the boy could not form sentences a few days after the beating. The arrest report states that Godleski used the boy’s own hands to scratch his own face to make wounds appear self-inflicted.
Godleski and his girlfriend also reportedly coached the other children on what to say to the police, the report states.
Officers say Godleski told them Noah was alive for days but dead when they left.
According to authorities, they have several past unconfirmed abuse incidents that they are investigating.
In 2013, the girlfriend was possibly arrested for abusing Noah. In 2020, there was an allegation made by a teacher to the Department of Children and Families suspecting Noah was being abused by his father and girlfriend.
Godleski has been booked into the Brevard County Jail.
His court date is set for November 30 in front of Judge David Silverman.