Man charged with murder of Southern Illinois toddler

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CARLINVILLE, Ill. – A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 23-month-old girl who died after her head was apparently slammed against a wall of her mother’s Southern Illinois home.

Authorities say that Allan R. Castleberry Jr. was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother in February when he allegedly struck her head against the wall inside their Carlinville home on Feb. 3.

Castleberry was arraigned this week in a Macoupin County courtroom, where a judge set his bond at $1 million.

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