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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man facing homicide charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy will stand trial.
Jamal Williams, of Arlington, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.
In June, he was charged with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of 3-year-old Major Troutman.
On Feb. 6, police were called to a North Side home for a report that a child had fallen off a bed and was unconscious.
Troutman died at Children’s Hospital on Valentine’s Day, eight days after being admitted.
During the investigation, detectives determined Williams was alone with Troutman in his room when Troutman allegedly fell. They also learned Williams had assaulted Troutman in the past.
Family members said Williams had been dating the child’s mother at the time of the incident.
The child’s mother was not at the hearing, which Williams’ attorney, Blaine Jones, says is a problem.
“She should be here. The entire report is based on what she allegedly said. Now, the report shows a woman that is lying. I won’t say being dishonest. She was lying throughout the report,” Jones said.