A 30-year-old man has been accused of beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son to death for urinating on the couch.
Alegray Jones, of Winter Haven, Florida, has admitted to hitting, throwing and squeezing the toddler until he passed out on Thursday evening. According to police, Jones became angry and beat the child after he urinated on a couch at home.
Lakeland Police say Jones realized that the child needed medical help, but instead of calling for medics, he began texting the boy’s mother at 11pm while she was at work. Officers say the mother video called Jones when she received the text, and Jones is said to have told her that the boy would not wake up and showed her that he was not responsive.
The mother immediately left work, rushed to the home and called 911, police have said.
Police arrived at Jones’ apartment in the early hours of Friday morning and found the boy unresponsive. Paramedics rushed him to the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, where he died shortly after his arrival, reports The Ledger.
During a police interview, Jones told detectives he yelled at the boy, ‘popped’ him on the hand and leg, and threw him onto an air mattress onto which the boy threw up.
Police said Jones then ‘snatched’ the boy from the mattress and held him forcefully against his own body and squeezed him with his arm around the boy’s stomach.
Jones then took the boy into the bathroom, according to police, where the boy vomited into the toilet, then put him back on the air mattress. Jones left the boy there and went to the living room, it is claimed, and when he later checked on the toddler, Jones told detectives the child was unresponsive.
Jones said he tried to wake up the child by biting his forearm, according to LPD.
The youngster had multiple visible injuries on various parts of his body, police added. An autopsy ruled that the boy’s death was caused by a homicide by blunt force trauma.
Coroner Dr Stephen Nelson reportedly observed multiple bruises all over the boy’s body, a laceration to his liver, brain bleeding and ‘likely adult human bite mark(s) to the left forearm’.
Lakeland Police have charged Jones with aggravated manslaughter of a child and the suspect was taken to the Polk County Jail early Saturday morning, where he is being held without bond.
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