HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A Hanover man is in jail, charged in the death of his girlfriend's two-year-old son after the boy was found injured and unconscious in their home Saturday.
Hanover County Sheriff's Office Sergeant James Cooper calls it a "senseless act of violence."
27-year-old Marcus Williams was arrested Saturday morning after Hanover County deputies made a startling discovery inside his home on the 7100 block of Garden Park Lane.
"When they went inside the residence, they found a two-year-old unconscious but breathing with obvious signs of trauma," said Cooper.
Hanover Fire and EMS rushed James Brown to VCU Medical Center, but he died the next day from his injuries.
"The first responders, all of them were greatly affected by this. This is something that nobody wants to deal with," said Cooper.
The sergeant says Williams lived in the Pines at Cold Harbor Apartments with his girlfriend, Brown's mother.
"This is your sacred place, and then something like this happens," said Victor Soult who lives near the apartment complex.
Neighbors heard screaming and yelling coming from the home on Saturday and called deputies.
"If the neighbor hadn't of called, I'm not sure we would have received a phone call until mom got home from work," said Cooper.
Williams was charged with child neglect and malicious wounding, but the Hanover County Sheriff's Office is working with the Commonwealth's Attorney to file more charges.
Soult says, when it comes to child abuse, no punishment is strong enough.
"If you have to do something to a 2-year-old child like that, you should not be walking the streets ever again," said Soult.
Hanover Sheriff's Office said Williams has no prior record, but he's now being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail.
The Pines at Cold Harbor apartment complex wouldn't allow NBC12 on the property and would only say they're all grieving.
Investigators ask anyone with further information to contact the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804)-780-1000.
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