Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy and charged him with the murder of a 3-year-old child.
Johnathan Godwin was arrested Friday, Aug. 30, on a warrant charging him with murder and aggravated child abuse, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
Godwin was babysitting a 3-year-old girl and two other small children on Aug. 16. After watching them for several hours, police said, he became annoyed with the girl’s crying, so he “repeatedly hit her in the chest, back, legs and head with his fist and a belt.”
The Sheriff’s Office said the girl was found unconscious by Godwin’s mother, who then took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined her death was a homicide, News4Jax reported.
Police said further investigation revealed Godwin had a history of abusing and burning another small child.