FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been charged with murder and abuse in the death of a 4-year-old boy, officials said.
The charges against Walter Everett Richardson III, 33, were upgraded Tuesday after the boy died, news outlets reported, citing a statement from Fairmont police.READ MORE: Anti-Violence Organizations In Pittsburgh React To New Police Initiatives
Richardson was initially arrested last week on charges of malicious wounding and child abuse resulting in injury, but those charges were dropped, police said.READ MORE: UPMC Doctors Trying To Raise Awareness About Benefits Of Naps For First Responders
Officers responded to a call on March 4 about an unresponsive child with facial injuries, a police statement said. The boy had several blunt force injuries, lacerations and broken teeth, a criminal complaint said. His mother told officers he was “healthy and uninjured” when she left for work, the complaint said. The boy was in Richardson’s care when he was injured, according to authorities.
Richardson remained in the North Central Regional Jail on Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he has an attorney.MORE NEWS: Steelers Will Not Hold Training Camp At Saint Vincent College This Year
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