Man Charged With Murder In Toddler's Death

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A North Carolina man who was charged in the death of a 2-year-old boy is now in police custody.

Marquis Graham, 25, turned himself in to police after he was charged in the death of 2-year-old Kye Abdul Rashid, according to WSOC.

Kye was pronounced dead after Graham and the child's mother took him to a hospital in Gastonia. Gaston County police have not released the toddler's cause of death.

Graham was reportedly dating Kye's mother, and lived with the two of them and her other child.

Graham has been charged with first-degree murder, reports The Charlotte Observer.

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In another case, a Florida man was charged with murder in the death of his 2-month-old son, WPEC reports.

In July, 25-year-old Miles Achondo called emergency dispatchers to tell them his son wasn't breathing after he took him out of the bath.

When officers arrived at the home, the baby was on the living room floor and dry, which conflicted with Achondo's account of taking him out of the bath. Marijuana was also found in the home, in the same room as the baby.

When the infant was taken to the hospital, doctors found that his brain was bleeding and he had multiple skull fractures along with a rib fracture. The boy died two days after the incident.

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Achondo is reported to have changed his story multiple times when interviewed by deputies.

The boy's mother, 26-year-old Jessica Velez, said she had noticed bruises on the child, but when she asked Achondo about them he said that it must have been from the baby's pacifier.

Velez said the boy's father would "make excuses" when she asked about the child's injuries, according to Real News Real Fast.

Achondo said that while he was carrying the baby, the child hit his head on a door jamb and was knocked out. He also mentioned an incident a few weeks earlier, where he reportedly pushed the baby's stroller back and forth quickly and the child hit his head on the stroller's rails.

He also admitted to dropping the child on a tile floor headfirst.

According to Velez, when detectives asked why the man hadn't called 911 to seek help for the baby, he said, "I didn't think it was a big deal."

"My boyfriend murdered my son," Velez said.

The medical examiner ruled that the boy's death had been a homicide.

"The infant suffered ongoing physical abuse which resulted in his death," said police.

Achondo was arrested on Oct. 25  and charged with murder while engaged in certain felony offenses, and aggravated child abuse.

Sources: WSOC, Charlotte Observer, WPEC, Real News Real Fast / Featured Image: Jobs For Felons Hub/Flickr / Embedded Images: WSOC, Liz Foster/Twitter

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