An Idaho toddler was beaten to death and a 31-year-old man is being charged with killing the child.
Aaron Williams, 31, was arrested and accused of killing the 2-year-old child. Williams was caring for the child at the time of the incident. The child was not related to Williams, but was his fiancée’s.
The child was brought to an Idaho health clinic, unconscious and not breathing, according to a press release by Garden City, Idaho, police. He died because of his injuries.
Garden City police Chief Rick Allen said in a statement, “This is a very sad day for our community. This was an unfortunate incident in which a child was injured, resulting in the loss of his precious life. Our hearts go out to the child, his mother, and all of the family members.
“I am proud of the great work our officers and detectives completed. The investigation into this homicide will continue as we are committed to seeking justice for this young toddler.”
According to KTVB 7, medical personnel found the boy with fractured ribs, a “severed liver,” and other internal trauma. There was also evidence of a head injury.
"This child was beaten to death essentially, or abused to the point that his body could no longer take it," Prosecutor Tanner Stellmon said in court, as quoted by KTVB 7.
Williams was on probation for a previous domestic violence conviction at the time of his arrest, according to KTVB 7. That incident involved a woman who was not the two-year-old’s mother.
The boy’s mother is also currently pregnant with Williams’s child, KTVB 7 reported.
According to ABC 4 News, Stellmon said in court, "Ultimately the defendant has made admissions to inciting violence upon the child and losing his cool or losing his patience with the victim. That plays into the factor of the continued threat to the community.”
Williams is currently being held without bond. If convicted for first-degree murder, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.