A Virginia registered sex offender is accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter while he was babysitting the victim and her infant sibling.
On March 29, Harvion Lontel Simpkins, 35, was watching the pair at an extended-stay hotel in Chesapeake while their mother was working, police said.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by WTKR, when the children’s mother returned to the hotel, she found her older child unable to hold herself up and suffering a busted lip and facial bruises.
The 2-year-old girl was transported to an area medical facility, and doctors determined she had suffered a skull fracture and brain bleeds from what appeared to be strikes from an object.
She was pronounced dead from her injuries the following morning.
Police arrested Simpkins on second-degree murder and child abuse charges in connection with the toddler’s death.
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The suspect was booked into the Chesapeake City jail, where he was being held without bond.
Citing public records, WTKR reported Simpkins was charged in 2010 in Accomack County with the sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 13 and 15.
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