Man charged in death of girlfriend’s toddler

JASPER, Ind. (AP) — Police arrested a southern Indiana man for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s year-old son.

The boy suffered burns to the face, bites to his arm, cuts to his inner upper lip and a severe brain injury. He was pronounced dead at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday, The Herald reported. He had been transferred there after initially being brought to Memorial Hospital in Jasper about 12:30 a.m.

Police say 21-year-old Charles Hopf, of Jasper, about 50 miles northeast of Evansville, faces a preliminary charge of aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years old. He was being held without bond Saturday in the Dubois County Jail. A jail spokeswoman said records did not indicate whether he had hired an attorney.

According to Jasper police, the toddler’s mother said she had left her child with Hopf at 6:30 p.m. Friday, when she went to work. Hopf told officers he bit the child on the arm earlier in the evening, and that the child may have suffered the head injury when he pushed him down after becoming frustrated with him.

Hopf also told police the burn injuries were sustained while he was giving the child a bath and the water was inadvertently turned on too hot.

 

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