A Colorado man suspected of abusing his girlfriend’s son was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after the toddler died from significant injuries.
John Melvin White, a 33-year-old Greeley, Colorado, resident, reportedly told authorities that 2-year-old Michael Lara was knocked over by a dog and suffered injuries that included “old and new bruising to his head, bruising down his back, burns to his face and neck and a significant injury to his penis," according to a police report.
White allegedly waited 25 to 30 minutes on Monday before asking a neighbor for help by yelling from inside his home, according to an affidavit released on Thursday. White, according to police, did not call 911 and was later suspected of abusing the boy.
Lara was airlifted to a children’s hospital and died shortly in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
Greeley Police Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said that White was supposed to be looking after the boy at the time of the abuse, according to Fox 31 Denver. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined.
“There are scrapes, bumps and bruises. Nothing that appears that would cause unconsciousness on the child’s part,” Tymkowych said. “It’s tragic. We are pouring a lot of manpower into finding out what happened and we will do that.”
White appeared in court on Thursday and was charged with first-degree murder by a person in a position of trust and child abuse resulting in death.
White, who has a notable criminal history throughout the state of Colorado, is currently being held on $150,000 bond.
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