Man charged with murdering Henrico toddler

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – New information on the death of a toddler in Henrico County. His mother's boyfriend charged with murder. That little boy was found dead in his home Thursday evening. This all unfolded in the 4900 block of Farrell Court in Henrico.

Multiple sources say the little boy died after being thrown into a wall in his home. Neighbors call the three old victim -smart and vibrant.

The little boy was found dead around 6:30 Thursday evening. Police say he had "massive injuries to the body" The boyfriend of the child's mother, 45 year old Kevin Lucas, is now charged with murdering the toddler.

"It's hard really hard. I just can't get over it," said Sondra Hardney.

Sondra Hardney is more than a neighbor to the victim. She was his babysitter.

"He was a sweet little boy and nobody deserves that… Nobody," Hardney said.

Hardney says she's since spoken with the little boy's mother and brothers about the incident.

"The mother had said to me one time that the little one was scared to death of him," she said.

Neighbor's say the boy's mother is a hard worker -- and seemed friendly and caring.

"This shouldn't happen to them at all or anybody," neighbor Bruce Schaaf said.

For now neighbors are left wondering why. They say they're praying for the family.

"The little boy he's in a better place. He was a sweet young boy…I know for a fact he's in heaven," said Everet Rhone, neighbor.

Police learned about the boy's death after getting a call for an unresponsive child. The murder suspect Kevin Lucas will next appear in court in June for a preliminary hearing -- he's being held at the Henrico County jail.

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