Associated Press News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An Orlando man is accused of child abuse and could face additional charges after his 5-year-old son was found dead in his apartment.
Authorities say Darell Avant Jr. had multiple bruises and contusions on his body when he was found unresponsive on Wednesday evening. His 26-year-old father Darell Avant remained in the Orange County Jail Friday.
According to deputies, Avant picked up the boy early from school on Wednesday because he was acting up. When they got home, Avant says he hit the child on the buttocks before making him do pushups and squats for 20 minutes.
An arrest report says the boy collapsed after taking a shower. The father called 911 and the boy was pronounced dead a short time later.
No attorney was listed on Avant's jail records.