Northeast Missouri man charged with murder in child’s death
LA GRANGE, Mo. (AP) – A northeast Missouri man is now charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl.
KTVO-TV reports that the additional charge against 34-year-old Marcus Mays of LaGrange was filed Tuesday. He faces a court hearing on Dec. 6.
Mays has been jailed since his arrest in August. He also is charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance.
The investigation began after the girl was hospitalized with severe injuries. She died three days later.
A probable cause statement says Mays told police he became angry and struck the girl in the head and on the buttocks with a belt after she defecated in her pants.
Information from: KTVO-TV