An Ohio grandmother has been charged with murder after she hit her 5-year-old grandson so hard that he eventually died from his injuries.
The coroner said 5-year-old Anjuan M. Hare III died from multiple traumatic blunt force injuries. His death has been ruled a homicide.
On Thursday, Sept. 19, Toledo Fire responded to a call from Yisenya Flores after she reported that Hare had fallen off of a bed in her home, WTVG revealed.
Flores claimed that the child jumped from a box spring mattress laying on its side onto a carpeted floor and hurt himself.
After administering CPR, the medics took the child to Toledo Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to court documents, staff members at the hospital informed investigators that Hare’s injuries were not consistent with a fall from a bed.
Police later interviewed Flores who admitted to hitting the child the night before but did not call 911 until the following evening even though the child became lethargic and couldn’t pull himself up from the floor afterward, according to the court documents.
The coroner discovered evidence that Hare had also been suffering from Battered Child Syndrome, which means that he had older healing injuries and abuse was ongoing.
Flores was in court on Friday, Sept. 20, facing a charge of child endangerment and was held on $500,000 bond.
The murder charge was added on Saturday and Flores is expected to face a judge for the new charge on Monday morning.