A 4-year-old boy had broken teeth and a visible shoe print on his back when he was taken to the hospital and declared brain dead, West Virginia authorities say.
The boyfriend of the month was charged this week in connection to the child’s death.
Three hours after a mother left for work in West Virginia, the cops were called to her house for her 4-year-old son, who was unresponsive.
On March 4, the Fairmont Police Department went to a home around 8:40 a.m., according to a criminal complaint. When cops arrived, they found Walter Richardson, 33, at the residence with blood on his clothing
The child was transported to the hospital and staff determined he had trauma to the head and additional bruising throughout his body, according to the criminal complaint. He had lacerations to his lips and broken teeth, as well as a visible shoe imprint on his back.
Officers found blood throughout the house, as well as in the bathtub, the complaint states. Richardson was placed under arrest and taken to the police station, where he was interviewed. Richardson said that him and the boy were home alone after his girlfriend left for work.
Richardson said he and the boy started wrestling until the boy got hurt, according to the complaint. However, Richardson stated he did not call 911 when the boy was first injured.
The child’s mother left for work at approximately 5:30 a.m. and said the boy was healthy and uninjured when she left him with her boyfriend, the complaint states.
After the juvenile’s evaluation at the hospital, staff determined he had more than 50 injuries. On March 6, the child was declared brain dead and on March 8, all of his bodily functions stopped working and he died, according to the complaint.
Richardson was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, and he is being held in a West Virginia jail. Richardson faces life in prison.