Man charged with fatal toddler beating

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) --
A central Florida man has been charged with beating a toddler to death.

Authorities say the 2-year-old boy had 28 injuries to his head,
face, and upper back.

Lakeland Police say Marcus Brown repeatedly hit his stepson with
a belt in the upper torso and head on two separate occasions

Authorities got a report of an unresponsive child on Monday. The
child was not breathing and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy deemed the death a homicide.

Police say Brown faces charges of first-degree murder and
aggravated child abuse. He was being held without bail.

It was not immediately known if he had attorney.

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