A Louisiana father left his unresponsive toddler son alone in a hotel room Sunday night while he picked up the child’s mother from work.
When he returned, Anderson King, 25, took the 2-year-old to a Baton Rouge hospital, where “life-saving measures … were unsuccessful,” a warrant for King’s arrest says.
WAFB reported that a Baton Rouge police officer noted that Kyland King had “numerous visible injuries” all over his body and that they were “old and fresh.”
According to the warrant, Anderson King told officers his son “fell down a flight of stairs” two or three days earlier, injuring his eye and head. King said he didn’t seek medical attention although Kyland had “not acted the same” since the alleged fall.
King later also told police he had beaten the boy with a belt before his death on Sunday. The father reportedly told hospital staff that he had beaten the boy repeatedly over the “past couple of weeks” because he was urinating on himself, according to WBRZ.
The father reportedly told police that on the day of Kyland’s death he had hit the boy with the leather belt at least a dozen times, stopping only when the belt wrapped around his neck. Kyland later fell unconscious, Anderson King told police, and “… instead of calling 911, he left the victim in the hotel room unresponsive and went to get the victim’s mother from work,” the arrest warrant says.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s preliminary report said the toddler died from multiple blunt force injuries and that his death was a homicide.
Anderson King was charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile, police said, but those charges are expected to be upgraded, WAFB said.
The family was living at the hotel.
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