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A Detroit Man Was Babysitting His Friend’s 1-Year-Old Girl. Police Say He Was Arrested After She Died From Abuse.

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Source: Detroit Police Department; UNSPLASH

Mar. 6 2023, Published 10:16 a.m. ET

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A Michigan man is facing a felony murder charge after a 1-year-old girl who was in his care died after she was abused, authorities said.

LeRoy Metoyer III, 37, was arraigned on March 4 in connection with the death of Justice Starks last fall, the Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced, MLive reported.

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On Nov. 29, 2022, Metoyer was babysitting his friend’s daughter, Starks, in Detroit when he allegedly abused the baby, officials said.

Medics responding to the scene transported the child to an area hospital, and she died from her injuries two days later, on Dec. 1.

An autopsy determined Stark was killed by blunt-force trauma to the head.

In addition to the murder count, Metoyer faces a charge of first-degree child abuse.


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