A man has been charged with murdering a toddler who died after suffering head injuries at a house in Liverpool last summer.

Merseyside police have charged Jonathan Simpson, 24, with the killing of 22-month-old Jacob Marshall after a lengthy investigation.

The little boy was rushed to hospital on July 12 after being injured at a house in the Speak neighbourhood.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he died from head injuries.

Jacob’s death prompted an outpouring of grief, with teddy bears and other tributes left outside the house.

A family statement released via police at the time described his ‘cheeky’ personality and said he would be missed massively by his mum  and big brother.

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It said: ‘We will miss his beautiful soul and his cheeky smile.

‘He always had us in fits of laughter with his cute mischievous ways. He had the most amazing little personality, learning new things each and every day.

‘He’d tell us ‘oooh what’s that?’, pointing in a different direction just so he could rob your biscuit. He had the most amazing ways.’

‘He just loved everyone around him. Jacob’s mum and his big brother will miss him massively, as their lives have now changed forever.

‘Mum and all the family are completely heartbroken.’

Shortly after his death a man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation.

Simpson is due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court tomorrow, Thursday 6 February.