A Florida man faces first-degree murder and child abuse charges in the beating death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old son.
Austin Hamilton, 24, is accused of using a belt to whip the baby at least 10 times after the child, Sincere Williams, urinated on him during a diaper change.
The couple, the baby, and an older child were living at a Tampa Motel 6. Tiffany Williams, who is the victim's mother, left the children in her boyfriend's care when she went to work on Saturday morning. That evening, Hamilton placed a 911 call to report that the child had stopped breathing.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Hamilton also called the boy's mother, who rushed home from work. She found the child purple in the face and with sunken cheeks.
Responders took the child to a local hospital, where he later died. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the lower abdomen.
According to Tampa police, Hamilton at first denied wrongdoing, but changed his story in a subsequent interview.
"He lost control" and hit the victim several times all over his body with a leather belt, the police report said. He went on to state that while he was disciplining the child, he tried to pick the victim up, but the child fell and hit his head.
Hamilton remains in jail after a judge denied him bail on Monday. Williams told the Tampa Bay Times that she hopes Hamilton gets the death penalty.
"He'd better get death," Williams told the newspaper. "He made my son suffer. Now he needs to suffer."