A Florida man was arrested after police say he beat his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son to death for urinating on the couch.
Lakeland police say the boy’s mother left Alegray Jones, 30, with her child while she went to work. Early Friday, Jones texted his girlfriend, telling her the boy was not responding to his attempts to wake up. She rushed home, and called 911. When officials arrived they took the child to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators said the boy had numerous visible injuries and an autopsy showed he died of blunt force injuries.
When police questioned Jones, he admitted to becoming aggravated with the boy for urinating on the couch and striking him numerous times, knocking him out. Jones was arrested.
He is being charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child for the boy’s death.
According to Fox 13, the victim was identified as 2-year-old Jayden Hines.
Jayden’s father, Rashawd Holsey Hines told the station that the charges Jones is facing aren’t enough.
“My son was tortured — tortured and murdered — and aggravated manslaughter is not enough; I will not settle for that,” he said. “It explains in the autopsy that my son suffered a laceration to the liver, brain bleeding, and bruises all over his body. It seems to me that was a bit more premeditated.”
Hines also said he wants his son’s mother to be held accountable too.